Screentime on Steroids? Here’s Help!

screentime on steroids

Working and learning at home has us looking at screens now more than ever. Gone are the days of notebooks, pads, pencils, textbooks, and workbooks. It’s screentime on steroids. Most if not all these items have been replaced with glowing pieces of glass.

There is no doubt technology provides tremendous learning and productivity potential but there are also some drawbacks.  When entertainment, communication, work, and learning all collide on a screen. It seems we never look up, except to make sure the spoon does not miss our mouth. We rarely look at anything, or anyone else.

To help you avoid screentime on steroids, here are some resources that may help you, your family, and those you influence to use screen time responsibly and not to become a screen addict.

Parental Controls Still Require Parents.

Parental controls require ongoing parental involvement. They’re like swimming in a pool. You don’t just let your kids play in the pool without a lifeguard.

Thanks, Apple: Family Cyber Protection Just Got Harder.

Apple started blocking parental control and family monitoring apps, a blow to family cyber protection.

Keeping Your Family Safe Online.

Your kids have spent more time on their mobile devices this summer than any other. Here’s how to keep them safe online.

“Do Not Disturb” Setting: The Surprising Secret to Sanity.

Over the past few months I’ve tried a little experiment to limit interruptions and distractions. I keep my phone on the Do Not Disturb setting DND all the time. Wait! What? That’s madness! How do you survive?

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should.

Don’t let the perceived need to use technology make you ineffective. Beware the technological imperative: just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

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Jonathan Smith is the Director of Technology at Faith Ministries in Lafayette, IN, an author and frequent conference speaker. You can reach Jonathan at jsmith@faithlafayette.org and follow him on Twitter @JonathanESmith.