As I sit at the doctor’s office I notice parents and kids with their eyes down looking at a hand held device. Similar scenes spread out at the grocery store, restaurants and even church. Gone are the days when kids looked at a book, played with a doll or car, or even colored in a coloring book. They are entertained by electronics. Gone are the days when families interacted with each other, now everyone has their own form of entertainment readily available.
The average American child age eight to age eighteen spends more than seven hours per day looking at a video game, computer, cell phone, or television. By the age of seven, a child born today will have spent one full year of twenty-four hour days watching screen media. ~Growing up Social
Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane have written a fantastic book titled Growing up Social that is perfect for helping us parents navigate the world of technology and our kids. The book walks us through the A+ Method for relational kids and gives us five steps to help our kids be more relational with those around them. It also breaks down the negatives of screen time on our kids, and the affect it has on their brain, their personalities, and their relationships.
I took away a lot from this book, and found it to help me not only as a parent, but also as a person who works online, and has struggled with being unplugged myself. The book is full of valuable tips and information, but three tips stood out to me the most.
What 3 tips would make such a big difference?