There’s a new spin on kids, parents and screen time.
Some parents are now hiring coaches to help them get their kids to play instead of scroll, according to a story in The New York Times. Screen addiction is the top issue parents hope some coaches can cure. Here’s an excerpt:
[Today,] a group of parents band together and make public promises to withhold smartphones from their children until eighth grade. From Austin, there is the Wait Until 8th pledge. Now there are local groups cropping up like Concord Promise in Concord, Mass. Parents can gather for phone-free camaraderie in the Turning Life on support community.
Parents who make these pledges work to promote the idea of healthy adult phone use, and promise complete abstinence until eighth grade or even later.
Susannah Baxley’s daughter is in fifth grade.
“I have told her she can have access to social media when she goes to college,” said Ms. Baxley, who is now organizing a phone-delay pledge in Norwell, Mass. So far, she has about 50 parents signed on.
These programs to reduce screen time, however, usually skirt the issue of kids and their easy access via smart devices to hypersexualized media and porn. That’s why Culture Reframed offers the Program for Parents of Tweens. Blocks and filters are not enough. Parents must work with their kids to gird them for the content they will almost inevitably stumble upon. Start our free program today!