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Screen time has a high cost that we usually avoid acknowledging. Research shows that people who don't watch TV are happier and healthier, have better self-esteem and a healthier body image, and are less fearful. Families who watch less TV are closer, and kids who see less TV become sexually active at a later age.

When children and teens watch more than one hour of screen time on a daily basis, they are more likely to demonstrate lower psychological well-being, including lower self-control, more distractibility, more difficulty making friends, less emotional stability, being more challenging to care for, inability to finish tasks, and less curiosity. (See this study: Twenge J.M., Campbell W.K. (2018))

Limiting kids' screen use is simple protective parenting.

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Cyber Smarts: Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Luckily, there's a lot that parents can do to protect their child online. Here'd hoe to teach your child web smarts, from net etiquette to web literacy to simple safety.

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The First Cell Phone: Rules for Responsibility

It's natural to worry when your child gets their first cell phone. Luckily, communication and supervision dramatically lessen the risks.

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Cell Phone Rules

Rules for your children's use of cell phones.

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Why Screens Compromise Academics & Values: An Interview

Research shows that the more TV kids watch, the less likely they are to read as they get older. Time spent on the one activity precludes the other.

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Managing Screen Time

Most children are using screens more than before the pandemic. Many parents are wondering how to dial back the screen use.

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Your Toddler or Preschooler and TV

How much screen time should your Toddler or Preschooler have? Are you ready? In my opinion, no daily time on an ongoing basis. Here's why.

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