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What’s a parent to do when screens are everywhere, with digital media demanding attention from the time we wake to well into the night? What are age appropriate guidelines for screen time? How do we discern what’s helpful and what’s harmful? How do we keep our kids safe from harmful content? If you’re like me, trying to raise young kids in a world saturated with screens you struggle with these questions and more. Here are some helpful resources to guide you when asking questions about kids, screen time, and digital media. Join us on Tuesday, March 7 for a free presentation “Face Time: Parenting in an Age of Digital Attachment” by psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee, held at Cedar Mill Main Library meeting rooms from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Books:

Screen-smart parenting: how to find balance and benefit in your child’s use of social media, apps, and digital devices by Jodi Gold

Screen time: how electronic media-from baby videos to education software- affects your young child by Lisa Guernsey

Tap, Click, Read: growing readers in a world of screens by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

Media moms & digital dads: a fact-not-fear approach to parenting in the digital age by Yalda T. Uhls

Growing up social: raising relational kids in a screen-driven world by Gary D. Chapman

Screenwise: helping kids thrive (and survive) in their digital world by Devorah Heitner

Face to face: cultivating kids’ social lives in today’s digital world by Kathy Masarie

Unplug your kids: a parent’s guide to raising happy, active, and well-adjusted children in the digital age by David Dutwin

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Resources:

Common Sense Media: 5 Strategies for Getting Kids Off Devices

Common Sense Media: 7 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2017

Mayo Clinic’s suggestions for How to Guide Your Child

NPR: Screen Time Reality Check for Kids and Parents

NPR: The Upshot of New Screen Time Guidelines