Tag: Screen Time
Posted by Erin Walsh • July 15, 2015 • No Comments
Pediatricians Weigh in on Screen Time: What You Need to Know About the Latest Prescription for Parents
Posted by Erin Walsh • October 30, 2013 • 5 Comments
We are good at creating tools.
As I write this post, incredible new apps are hitting the marketplace, software developers are creating new digital learning platforms, and families settle in to stream their favorite TV shows on demand.
There is no question that tech pros are very good at creating creative and innovative tools. The challenge is that the pace of...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • June 27, 2013 • No Comments
“My kids constantly move from one activity to the next - except when it comes to TV. Should I be worried when my 5 year old just sits and stares at the screen?”
Seth, St. Louis
When TV was still a fairly new pastime for kids, researchers coined the term "zombie effect" to describe the glassy-eyed, TV-induced trance familiar to...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 10, 2013 • 2 Comments
We live in a world that begs our attention and engagement at every turn. Even as I settle in to write this blog post, Ping! A new email; Beep! someone posted on my Facebook timeline; Bzzz. my phone alerts me to a text even though I've put it on vibrate in a weak attempt to avoid incoming distractions.
Given all these temptations, it is amazing that I am still here typing away. Thank...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • January 31, 2013
Do you still have a link to "screen time coupons?" I heard you speak about it years ago and would love to re-read and use the coupons.
Thanks, Lisa, Minneapolis, MN
More and more parents, teachers, pediatricians, and other professionals are worried about the amount...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 10, 2012
I just wrote a post on the importance of face-to-face interaction for tweens. Here are a couple of ways to make sure you are striking a good balance between online and offline time:
- Make meal times screen free. This is a great time to start conversations about the day and connect with one another.
- Ask your...
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 10, 2012
Does this sound familiar?
You are driving your daughter and her two friends to a soccer game and the car is unusually quiet. They must be mentally preparing for the big game, you think. How nice. You maintain this illusion until you hit the first long red light at which point you glance into the back seat. Far from calm, the girls' thumbs are getting the workout of a lifetime. "Who are...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • April 19, 2012
Getting through to my step daughter is frustrating for my husband and me. She is 12 years old and addicted to social networking sites and her cell phone already and seems to always have an attitude about anything and everything. How can we work through this?
Catherine, Tacoma, WA
Catherine, There has...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • December 19, 2011
Dear Dr. Dave
My children are 6, 5 and 3 years old, and they have watched more TV than I think you would recommend. I hope to change our family habits going forward. My question is, are they "programmed" already? Is it like quitting smoking (as in every day that you don't smoke you add time to your life expectancy) and every hour that you don't spend...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • August 3, 2011 • 1 Comment
The power of stories
We human beings come from a long line of storytellers. For many centuries our ancestors sat around campfires telling tales. Though the hearth of the kitchen table replaced the campfire for contemporary U.S. families, the storytelling didn’t stop. The stories came in all different sizes and shapes. Some recounted the news of the day with a bit...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • October 6, 2010
How much "screen time" should kids have per day?
Digital screens certainly aren't going anywhere and there is great benefit to growing up in the digital age. However, for kids to reap the greatest benefits from media, it is our job to make sure it is kept in balance with other things we know are good for kids like physical activity, free play, studying,...More...