Worried parents are told that limiting their children’s screen time is essential.
“Experts” advise restricting access and most parents go along with this.
I understand why. There are so many scary stories going around about gaming addiction, technology that’s designed to manipulate our minds and harm done to children’s brain development.
If you are looking around for justification for restricting screen time or gaming, you’ll certainly find it.
So parents go ahead and take away their child’s device, ban the game play or make strict rules around screen time.
But there’s another radical option.
It involves having a connected, respectful, cooperative relationship with your child.
To have this kind of relationship means focusing on trust, support, encouragement and play. It also means being willing to question those scary stories about screen time.
I’m not saying limits are wrong, but I’m going to invite you to consider some different points of view.Continue Reading →