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Podcast Episode #149: How to Tackle Screen Time This School Year with Devorah Heitner

Are there any moms out there that don’t feel guilty about the amount of time their kids spend on screens?? While we all started out with the best of intentions, a lot of rules went out the window when the world shut down and schools went virtual.

Now, nearly 3 years later, it’s time to review what exactly our kiddos are up to on those tablets and phones.

In this podcast episode, Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and the upcoming Growing Up in Public, joins us as we get into the nitty-gritty about screentime.

Most of what our kids use tech for is actually fine – keeping up with friends, bonding with siblings over Netflix or building in Minecraft, discovering new recipes or DIYs… but there is plenty out on the world wide web that can still pose a threat.

The important thing for parents to remember is balance. One of the best things we can do for them is to model boundaries around 24/7 accessibility and how to unplug.

Tune in to find out how to set your kids up for success when it comes to online etiquette, which battles to pick (and win), and how to collectively put the phone down!

In this episode of the No Guilt Mom podcast you’ll learn:

  • How screentime has changed from what it was a few years ago.
  • Why you don’t need to fill every minute of their day so they aren’t on screens.
  • How to give your kids the right language to set screentime boundaries with their friends.
  • The difference between mentoring vs. monitoring screentime.
  • Why and how you may need to pick your battles with screentime.
  • 3 tips to start the school year off right with screen time.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [6:42] What kids are really doing with their screentime
  • [10:52] How kids need our help (often) to learn how to plan social interactions
  • [14:16] Phone etiquette that we need to teach our kids
  • [19:35] The free thing that can make you smarter, better looking, and in a better mood every day
  • [24:48] What you can do when you get off-track from your screentime plan

Resources We Shared In This Episode:

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner, PhD

FREE 7-Day Family Tech Reset – Hit the Reset Button on your Family’s Digital Life! A self-paced 7-day course by Devorah Heitner, PhD

Phonewise Boot Camp for Parents– a 4-week online course that prepares you and your child for their first phone.

Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World by Devorah Heitner, PhD

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Christina Gabrielle

Director of Customer Success at No Guilt Mom
Christina Gabrielle has contributed 32 articles on https://www.noguiltmom.com since May 20, 2022.

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