Net gains in taking control
INTERNET time should be a reward not a right, and parents need to be the master controllers of wi-fi to curb kids’ addiction to screens.
Clinical psychologist Brad Marshall said strict time limits, which include school work, will reduce conflict and help teach teenagers time management.
But the author of The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen said physically trying to take away devices was a recipe for disaster. “A large portion of conflict around technology comes from parents attempting to physically take a device,” Mr Marshall said.
“This can be anything from swearing and yelling to breaking stuff, all the way to fullblown family and domestic violence. Controlling the internet and the devices all without any objection is some kind of teenage utopia. But if this is not achievable, put your energy into controlling the internet and trust that the devices are boring without it.”
Mr Marshall said reframing screen time as a reward was “every parent’s most powerful bargaining chip”. He advocates using apps that allow parents to create individual profiles for each member of the family.