While we were home 24/7, many kids and teens were on screens more than ever before. They used technology for school, they used technology to connect, they used it to entertain themselves. But summer is here and many parents are asking how they can decrease the amount of time that kids are on screens — ideally, without creating power struggles.
Hear Rachel interview Lisa Honold, Director of the Center for Online Safety, as they discuss:
- parents’ role in online safety
- whether the difference in type of “screen time” matters
- how to track and monitor what kids are doing online
- how to approach our kids when it comes to reducing the amount of time they spend on screens
- how we should deal with the guilt we’ve had over how we’ve let kids use screens in the past.
Related to this episode:
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 7 (When Asking Your Child To Get Off of Screens Turns into a Battle)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 19 (Create a Parenting Avatar)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 32 (A Long-Game Strategy for Motivating Kids to Do What They’re Supposed to Do)
Lisa’s free resources:
Guide to Healthy Screen Limits
Two other resources can be found here: https://centerforonlinesafety.com/resources/
- Daily Expectations (how to have kids earn screen time by doing the most important things first)
- 100+ Offline Activities for Kids (non-screen options for fun things to do)
Lisa Honold is a certified Positive Discipline parent educator and cyber safety expert who teaches parents and schools how to keep kids safe online.
As the Director for the Center for Online Safety, Lisa has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, spoken at the Washington State School Directors’ Association, facilitated discussions for the documentaries “Screenagers” and “LIKE”, and has presented workshops at various libraries and school districts.
Lisa specializes in helping parents eliminate arguments over screen time, using easy ways to limit and monitor children online and teaching children the basics of how to use and apply their values online (“digital citizenship”).
She lives on an island outside of Seattle, WA with her husband and three tech-loving teens and tweens.
You can reach her here: