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Kids, Quarantine & Devices: Managing Screen Time During COVID and Beyond

Kids, Quarantine & Devices: Managing Screen Time During COVID and Beyond by Joshua Wayne. Photograph of a child holding a video game controller by Kelly Sikkema.
Photograph by Kelly Sikkema

In a time where parents find themselves wearing many hats, it’s easy to reach for a screen. Here are tips from an expert on managing kids & technology.

The Hard Work of Managing Kids’ Devices During a Quarantine (and in General)

One afternoon, about a year and a half ago, I was looking at my bookshelf and noticed 6 parenting books I had purchased within the previous 12 months, but never read. Out of curiosity I picked each one up to look up the page count. The average was 232. 

Now I’ve been working as a counselor with teens and their parents for nearly 25 years, so I have an intrinsic motivation to stay up-to-date on fresh ideas, but I hadn’t actually even opened any of the books since Amazon dropped them on my doorstep

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