Children in the United States are spending more time in front of screens — watching television, movies, and using computers and iPhones, and androids — than ever before. They are spending much more time with these types of media than with books or in free play, and it is happening at younger and younger ages. Parents are not just “letting” their children watch but are often actively encouraging these forms of passive entertainment. TV, iPads, and iPhones are always available babysitters, so it’s no wonder parents sometimes rely on screens to keep kids busy while grown-ups take care of household chores, bills, or catch up on their emails, or using screens themselves.
I as a Chaplain and a counselor must ask, “How much screen time is too much?”. Parents bring their children to me asking, “why is my child so angry?” Or “Why does he/she ignore me when I’m talking to them?” And my personal favorite “Why, does my child argue with me when ...Read more
- From the desk of the Chaplain