Are my kids using screens more than they should? Is it unhealthy for my child to play this video game? What danger is lurking online that my child might discover?
There are not black and white answers to our questions. The consensus is that the quality of screen time is more important than the quantity.
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens identifies four main categories of screen time.
1. Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
2. Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
3. Communication: video-chatting and using social media
4. Content creation: using devices to make digital art or music
As valuable as many of these screen experiences can be, it's still important for kids' overall healthy development to balance their lives with enriching experiences found off screens. Here are a few details on specific screen activities:
• Currently, there are some social media posts and news stories going around about the “the Momo hoax,” and you can find more information about it here.
It’s best to do your own research when you see or hear about these media concerns and not rely on social media rumors. The Common Sense Media site has a lot of great information, articles, and links that address numerous topics, including: cellphones, managing screen time, privacy/ online safety, social media, gaming apps, and parental controls.