Now that screen-time recommendations are more flexible, it's time for new rules. Start now to create a balanced approach that keeps everyone healthy.
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Young kids learn how to use technology by watching their parents, so model healthy habits early by balancing media time with real time.
Device-Free Dinners in Action
Amazing things happen when families choose to keep devices off the dinner table.
"Device-free dinners have helped me realize that having our undivided attention has brought us closer together, decreased arguments, and helped us be a stronger team."
Melodie G., parent of Howie, age 8, and Hope, age 5, reflects on the benefits of going device-free.
"We always talk about our day. If my husband and I forget to ask, one of the kids always starts, 'So what did everyone do today?"
Laurie T., mother of three, says her kids love family dinners.
"The most important one for me as a father is eating dinner together without technology. It reminds me of when my parents and I ate together as a family and spent quality time bonding as a family."
Noel S., father, recognizes the benefit of device-free dinners through each generation.
"It was a life-changing experience for my students."
Janet Elias, technology teacher at Wagner middle school in New York, includes device-free dinners in her students' digital education.
"The experience was great. I got to talk with my family and hear the funny things that happened in their days."
Ellis W., age 11, says device-free dinners are a regular family activity.
"I can't wait to spend time with my family and experience nature, go hiking, roast s'mores, and play board games. Believe it or not, I like to go screen-free every once in a while."
Common Sense teen user, on an upcoming device-free camping trip.
"It's a special time where we talk, share, plan, and spend time together."
Kristy L., mother of kids ages 7 and 11, shares her family's device-free dinner activities.
Device Distraction in the News
In today's 24/7 digital world, using media wisely is a healthy choice -- and a growing trend.