You might want to read 5 No-Phone Zones for Parents and Kids Alike, a January 2017 New York Times article.
Written by Perry Klass, M.D., a pediatrician and long-time writer, the Times article reminds parents to put down their phones when they interact with their 21st Century children, and it emphasizes the importance of any time that a child spends away from digital devices.
Despite the wonders and access that our mobile phones and other connected world devices bring to our lives, screen-free time is essential in a child’s life as well as for an adult. Klass suggests five phone-free times that she considers sacred, though she points out that she is not always successful in her quest. Check out the article.
Posts on this blog highlighting the importance of screen-free time and space include:
- Sleeping Without a Mobile Device Nearby – My Discoveries – January 2017
- 5 Tech Free Times for Families – March 2011
- Don’t Be Afraid of Device-free Times in Your Family – April 2015
- 4 Lessons for Parents in a Constantly Connected World – May 2011
- Digital Devices and Sleep: Charging Outside of Bedrooms – September 2015
- Digital Kids to Parents — Listen Up! – April 2012
- Digital Communication Disrupts the Rules of Civility, Privacy, and Integrity – October 2016