The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life

The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life

by Anya Kamenetz


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Finally: an evidence-based, reassuring guide to what to do about kids and screens, from video games to social media.

Today's babies often make their debut on social media with the very first sonogram. They begin interacting with screens at around four months old. But is this good news or bad news? A wonderful opportunity to connect around the world? Or the first step in creating a generation of addled screen zombies?

Many have been quick to declare this the dawn of a neurological and emotional crisis, but solid science on the subject is surprisingly hard to come by. In The Art of Screen Time, Anya Kamenetz — an expert on education and technology, as well as a mother of two young children — takes a refreshingly practical look at the subject. Surveying hundreds of fellow parents on their practices and ideas, and cutting through a thicket of inconclusive studies and overblown claims, she hones a simple message, a riff on Michael Pollan's well-known "food rules": Enjoy Screens. Not too much. Mostly with others.

This brief but powerful dictum forms the backbone of a philosophy that will help parents moderate technology in their children's lives, curb their own anxiety, and create room for a happy, healthy family life with and without screens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610396721
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,082,234
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. Previously she worked as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She's contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and has won multiple awards for her reporting on education, technology, and innovation. She is the author of three books on education and technology, Generation Debt, DIY U, and The Test. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part I Kids and Screens

1 Digital Parenting in the Real World 3

2 The (Sometimes) Scary Science of Screens 11

3 Emerging Evidence 33

4 You Have the Power: Positive Parenting with Media 57

5 An Hour at a Time: How Real Families Navigate Screens 93

6 Screens at School 117

Part II Our Own Devices: Parents and Screens

7 The Mom with Her Phone at the Playground 141

8 Modern Families: Parents and Screens 167

9 The Future of Digital Parenting 195

10 TL;DR: The Art of Screen Time in Five Minutes 221

Notes 225

Index 253

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