Remember the days when kids played outside … all day … and had to be told to come inside? Today, recreational time is dominated by televisions, tablets, smartphones and video games – and parents are left looking for the proper balance.
Arlene Pellicane is one of those parents who was searching for answers, so she wrote a book about it.
Titled “Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World” (Northfield Publishers/Moody), the book helps parents navigate some common questions about electronics and social media.
In our interview with Arlene, she discusses:
- How much is too much screen time?
- Should parents buy their kids a video game system?
- Does screen time always lead to “moody” kids?
- Is it OK for young children to watch TV and play video games?
- What are children losing by spending so much time staring at screens?
Arlene also gives advice to parents who want to cut back their family’s screen time.