Tips for Healthier Media Use
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Got media challenges? Check the list below to see if you, your family, or friends experience some of these:
Lost boundaries between home and school or between home and work - constantly using your cell phone blurs those lines
Phantom ring syndrome - hearing phone when it's not ringing
Psychologically dependent on phones
Craving text responses back
Hearing goes down when texting
Kids turn to their devices for de facto parenting and give up on their parents
Lose previous 9 minutes of what you studied when you check texts
Texting hijacks your prefrontal cortex of your brain
For anyone who struggles with these challenges, there is help. The information in this blog is taken from the September 30th, 2016, "Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age" talk hosted by Challenge Success in Palo Alto, CA. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D. was the keynote speaker, with Madeline Levine, Ph.D. and Denise Pope, Ph.D. of Challenge Success also speaking and all 3 serving on a panel discussion later. Understanding the challenges and suggestions they shared can help you disconnect from your devices more and connect more with people in your life.
Here are their suggestions to help you, your family, and friends connect more with people versus devices:
No using devices in the car - cars are a great time for conversations
No using devices at the dinner table
All devices out of the bedroom at a certain time
Challenge for kids to try: for 3 weeks, put their phones away when doing their homework
Don't use your phone as your alarm clock - have a regular alarm clock instead
Get to know your kids, away from their devices
Have a screen-free zone in your house - like the living room
Challenge Success has a powerful acronym: PDF = Playtime Downtime Family Time It serves as a reminder to us all how important these three elements are in life.
Check out the Challenge Success website at: www.challengesuccess.org (Challenge Success is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with the Stanford Graduate School of Education).
Check out Catherine Steiner-Adair's book: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.
Looking forward to us all connecting more with others in our lives!