Kids and Screen Time

Updated: May 20, 2019 08:36 AM

Today's technology allows kids to be connected 24/7 365 days a year. With this, many parents are facing the challenge of getting their kids to look up from their cell phones. Twin Cities author Judy Stoffel wrote a book to help with the challenge of getting kids to look up.

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Her motivation for "#LookUp: A Parenting Guide to Screen Use," came from personal experiences with her five children, whose ages range from 16 to 29. 

"A few years ago, my son wanted a smart phone because all of his friends had one," Stoffel said. "I decided I had to educate myself within a very short period of time. It was like I saw the wizard behind the curtain."

She said she was shocked with what she learned. Some of her research led her to find out that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sent their kids to a school that didn't allow technology. 

Her book talks about the medical effects that screen use has on children and gives solutions on how to have a healthy relationship with technology. One of her tips she talks about in-depth in her book is having a family media plan.

"What you need to do is start this when they're young," Stoffel recommended. "Hopefully, even before they have a device. It's a lot easier to put good habits than to change a bad habit."

Click here to buy the book. 

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