“Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. In addition, the Internet and cell phones can provide platforms for illicit and risky behaviors.” American Academy of Pediatrics
Online booklets: informing families about healthy digital use:
Healthy Kids in a Digital World – A handout especially for parents and caregivers. Tips! Facts! Screen-free activities! (pre-k-2nd grade).
Net Cetera – Parent guidebook that addresses social networking, mobile devices, computer security, sexting, and cyberbullying.
Living Life Online – Kids (8-12) learn how to protect themselves online, become better digital citizens, and think critically about the ads they see around them.
Heads Up: Stop Think Connect – written and designed to help kids protect themseves online. (Ages 8-12).
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age. This documentary film by parent, physician, and filmmaker Delany Ruston is about the impact of screen-time on children’s development and how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. The movies website provides families with many helpful resources. http://www.screenagersmovie.com
PBS parents/children and media The PBS Parents Guide to Children & Media is a resource for answering parents’ questions about kids, media and the creative possibilities that exist between them. It is filled with tips and strategies for raising children in a digital age and is a place that invites you to bring both your curiosity and concern about what young people are seeing and hearing on TV, in movies, video games and on the Internet. http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/
Family Online Safety Institute’s Here you will find advise, tips and tools empowering parents to confidently navigate the online world with their kids. FOSI is working to make the online world safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practices, and good digital parenting. https://www.fosi.org/
Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. It helps families make smart media choices. Common Sense Media offers the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in a digital age. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns
Digital Citizenship This resource helps teachers, technology leaders and parents understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. The topic of digital citizenship is certainly gaining momentum not only in the United States but around the world. Whether it is called digital citizenship, digital wellness or digital ethics the issues are the same; how should we act when we are online, and what should be taught to the next generation. Find out what parents can do. http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/
American Academy of Pediatrics’ Media Kit: Children and the Media. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/aap-press-room-media-center/Pages/Media-Kit-Children-and-Media.aspx Here you can find AAP’s key reports, research and other resources on the effects of media on children’s health.
Healthy Children is AAP’s parenting website and where you can find helpful information on almost every parenting topic, including ideas for How to Make a Family Media Use Plan.
Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH Its mission is to educate and empower children and those who care for them to create and consume media in ways that optimize children’s health and development. They offer free downloadable resources for both parents and physicians to help guide children through the media landscape. http://cmch.tv
Sherry Turkle: Connected, but Alone?
Is Technology Creating a Family Divide? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jim-taylor/is-technology-creating-a-_b_2862631.html
For The Children’s Sake, Put Down That Smartphone
Screen Addiction is Taking a Toll on Children.
Smartphones Affect Childhood Psychology http://psychcentral.com/lib/how-do-smartphones-affect-childhood-psychology/00020982
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/fashion/steve-jobs-apple-was-a-low-tech-parent.html?emc=eta1
Be a Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/be-a-role-model-find-a-healthy-balance-with-media-and-technology
Important Strategies for Raising Children in a World of Technology. http://www.becomingminimalist.com/ikids/
Toddlers and Children:
The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child
How Technology is Changing the way Children Think.
Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/us/is-e-reading-to-your-toddler-story-time-or-simply-screen-time.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad
For Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age: Time with Adults Still Matters Most.
Smartphone tablet overuse among toddlers may stunt development
Tweens and Teens:
Smartphones Change Teens’ Digital Media Use Patterns
Smartphones Tied to Poor Sleep in Teens
Can Students Have Too Much Tech? http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/opinion/can-students-have-too-much-tech.html?referrer=&_r=0