Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed in the ever-changing, ever-growing worlds of technology and media? Most parents today struggle to be MediaWise and to find a proper balance between keeping up, and staying ahead of the kids. There are gadgets like cell phones that access the Internet, video game consoles as powerful as yesterday's home computers. and avatars that represent real life living in virtual environments. With all of this increased exposure to media, how can you make sure that your child is only being exposed to appropriate content?
According to a study conducted by the National Institute on Media and Family, children spend more time sitting in front of electronic screens than doing any other activity besides sleeping. Kids’ excessive screen time comes with all kinds of hazards: lack of physical activity, exposure to adult themes and content, and lack of interaction with family and peers. Fortunately, you can do many things as a parent to help your children and teens navigate this digital world.