Setting Screentime Limits
According to the most recent research from the Institute for Family Studies, the amount of time kids ages eleven to eighteen spend on digital media is clearly linked to the type of family structure in which a teen is growing up. Teens who are growing up in a single-parent home or step-family are spending just under eleven hours a day engaged with digital media. Researchers also found that teens from intact families where they live with both biological parents, are spending considerably less time per day on digital media. While you might expect that to be the case, what’s surprising and should be concerning is that kids in intact homes are still spending a whopping nine hours a day engaged with digital media. For both groups, the time online is spent gaming, texting, video chatting, shopping, and interacting with social media. Parents, we have a responsibility to teach our kids to use their time wisely. In Ephesians five sixteen we are told to make the best use of our time, because the days are evil.