As parents of two daughters under the age of 10, we face a daily struggle figuring out how often we should allow them to use devices.
On the one hand, we want them to be fluent in the latest technology and have 21st century skills such as coding.
On the other hand, we worry about the long-term effects of screen time. Is it affecting the family dynamic? Will our children become addicted and develop bad habits and behaviors? Will their eyesight be damaged?
Like all parents, we want to ensure our kids have a healthy relationship with technology and screens.
No one knows what a healthy relationship looks like! Online information about screen time usage is overwhelming, general, and conflicting. We know because we’ve spent the past five years reading it!
To help our daughters and fellow parents, we decided to properly investigate best practices: