30 Nov '16, 12pm

American families share real-life strategies for managing tech use at home

American families share real-life strategies for managing tech use at home

And they're surprisingly strict! That kids should not spend prolonged periods of time on handheld devices is now common knowledge, regardless of whether or not we like those findings. Studies are accumulating that show the negative effects of smartphones, tablets, and computers on children’s academic performance, emotional development, sleep patterns, and family relationships. These devices, however, remain an integral part of modern life, which means that a balance must be struck between managing their use and operating normally within society. So what’s a family supposed to do? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the creation of a Family Media Use Plan , but the very fact that a plan is entirely subjective and meant to reflect a family’s needs and wishes makes it confusing, foreign territory to navigate. Bruce Feiler, author of The Secrets of Happy Families and...

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