ReWire: Living Faithfully in a Technological World - Page 20

Session Two PARENT CORNER Parenting Principle: MODERATION When our children are young, we begin setting limits in all areas of life, even with good things. We allow our children dessert, but not at every meal. We allow them to swim but not without completing swimming lessons or wearing a lifejacket. Parenting requires the ability to set and enforce limits. Even for young children, technology usage requires moderation. 1. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no TV- and video-viewing for children under the age of 2 years. For children older than 2 years, the AAP recommends limiting media time to 2 hours per day. Additional recommendations can be found on the AAP’s website at aap.org. Search for “Media Education” policy statement. How do you feel about these recommendations? Do you think your children are close to these recommendations? 2. Have you spent time praying and discussing some guidelines for when to purchase certain devices and at what ages your children can begin using them? Consider taking some time to create or revisit these guidelines. 3. Have you also discussed time, content, and usage limits with your spouse or a trusted friend? Have you communicated these limits to your children? 4. Have you decided how you will enforce these limits? If so, what challenges do you face in enforcing these limits? What might be helpful? 20