KIDS AND SCREEN TIME
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In honor of Father's Day, my son Jesse, 12, and I answered questions about the role media and technology play in our lives and our relationship. Last month, Common Sense's Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance took a deeper dive into the transformative role that technology plays in family life.
We found students with laptops wrote more frequently across a wider variety of genres. They also received more feedback on their writing. In addition, we found they edited and revised their papers more often, drew on a wider range of resources to write, and published or shared their work with others more often.
Every summer, parents grow a bit apoplectic thinking about the hours their kids are likely to spend doing the couch potato, screen-gazing thing. Some clever manufacturers are dreaming up alternatives to screen time by incorporating screens and tech directly into more physical play. In other words, if the kids hate leaving their tech behind, they can take their tech with them.