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Resources: Screens During Covid: A Balanced Approach to Kids' Tech Use

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Relevant articles, reports, and write-ups about Screen Time and mental health for parents who like to read and learn more:

"Reader Come Home" book by Maryanne Wolf: Informative book that considers our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies

Discussing digital technology overuse in children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: On the importance of considering Affective Neuroscience Theory

The effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health

A nice write-up of Michael Rich's work and Center related to screen time and the child's brain

March 2021 Report from Common Sense Media and Hopelab sharing research on teens, tech, and mental health: Coping with COVID-19: How Young People Use Digital Media to Manage Mental Health

2) Family Wellness Guide: Science-based advice on how to keep your family digitally healthy

3) Parents can ask Michael a question through his "Ask the Mediatrician" mechanism

4) Two recent blog posts by Dr. Ramo related to teens (note, not younger kids) and screen time:

5 Ways Social Media Helps Depressed Teens Cope

Is Playing Violent Video Games Related to Teens' Mental Health?

5) Center for Humane Technology

6) The Family Online Safety Institute: Tips on how to talk with children about online safety, how to set rules for screen time, etc.

7) Wait Until 8th: Resource to help you launch a pledge in your community to wait until 8th grade to give your child a smartphone

8) Common Sense Media: Age recommendations for movies / games / books

9) Child Mind Institute: Resource for children's mental health information for teachers and parents

10) "The Social Dilemma" documentary on Netflix: Documentary that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking

Speaker websites for more details about the Speakers: