Resources about Screen Time


Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is an academic research center whose mission is to educate and empower children and those who care for them to create and consume media in ways that optimize children’s health and development. Founded in 2003 by pediatrician, father, and former Hollywood filmmaker Michael Rich, CMCH focuses on media as a powerful environmental health influence, like the air we breathe and the water we drink. We seek to understand the positive and negative health impacts media can have and find ways of making media the most positive possible influence in children’s lives.

Do you feel like they won’t put down the tablet? Like they started asking for a smartphone in preschool?What are they doing on those devices anyway? Should you spy on them? Or will that hurt your relationship in the long run? These are just a few questions Raising Digital Natives seeks to help parents answer. Raising Digital Natives serves as a platform for parents and educators to explore how to help their children thrive as responsible consumers growing up in a digital world. Founder, Devorah Heitner, has made it her goal to provide adults with the tools necessary to foster empathy, kindness, and integrity within their children who are developing in digital communities.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has built a Family Media Plan to support family collaboration on the topic of screentime. Media should work for you & work within your family values & parenting style. When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep.

By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. This requires parents & users to think about what they want those purposes to be. The tool below will help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values. The Media Plan is available in either English or Spanish.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world.

As we’re backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and are supported by leading child online safety experts, we’re able to offer you the best advice and information available on tackling e-safety issues.

We’re passionate about keeping children safe online and are here to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for information for the first time, or an old hand, our website has everything you need to help make your children’s online life fulfilling, fun and above all safe.

The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.  FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety.  Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all.


Screen Time in the Mean Time: A Parenting Guide to Get Kids and Teens Internet Safe – Tracy Bennett

Calmer Easier Happier Screen Time: For parents of toddlers to teens: A guide to getting back in charge of technology –  Noël Janis-Norton

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life – Catherine Price

Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World – Kathy Koch

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World – Devorah Heitner

Connecting Wisely in the Digital Age – Devorah Heitner

Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age – Yalda Uhls

The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life – Anya Kamenetz

Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World – Ana Homayoun


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