Screens are everywhere, all of the time. They make life easier for us in so many ways. But there is also risk due to effective manipulative design that hacks our brain’s reward system. Screens are so compelling that kids are falling victim to digital injuries, distraction, and “mean times” due to profit-seekers, cyberbullies, and Internet predators. It’s challenging to parent our kids offline AND online. For the first time in history, parenting is a full-time occupation. We are expected to faithfully care for, supervise, and entertain our kids most of our waking hours, without complaint and with fewer supportive resources than ever before.
Dr. Bennett is a psychologist, university professor, and founder of GetKidsInternetSafe. With two kids at home, she recognizes that screens are a necessary part of everyday family life. Written with a warm, relatable voice that is more practical than preachy, Screen Time in the Mean Time is the thinking-parent’s-guide to screen safety.
After reading Screen Time in the Mean Time, you will know the what the research says about relevant aspects of child and teen screen use. Plus, you’ll learn family-tested, outcome based parenting strategies that optimize fun and cooperation and build child resilience. Dr. Bennett’s positive techniques will strengthen your families’ relationships so you can have fun instead of fighting or giving in too much. Screens yes! But even better, closer family relationships.