"Yes, I'm worried about screen addiction, but isn't that just kids today?" "Yes, she sleeps with her phone, but she doesn't use it at night." And our favorite, "He needs the phone at night, it's his alarm clock! We get it. We tried to ignore the problem too. But the facts are clear - allowing children unfettered access to digital media threatens their mental and physical health in serious, often permanent ways. We're the first generation of parents raising digital natives using outdated models from our own childhood. Let’s face it...we need an update and lots of support!
ScreenAge Bootcamp was formed in response to the public outcry from families concerned about the impact of addictive digital media. Frustrated by the lack of viable solutions, we created our own. Our programs help families take back control of technology and start using it to enhance real life.
Parents are uniquely influential in a child's life after puberty -- a time when they are forming their values and pushing adult boundaries. Start enforcing limits and create intrinsic motivation for them to live a balanced life. Besides, we tried the easy ways:
Although kids won't admit it, parental approval remains a powerful motivator in their lives, even after they leave home. It’s up to us, the parents -- not their peers, schools or tech companies -- to guide them towards a healthy tech-life balance.
The first step to creating tech-life balance for yourself and your children is creating a parent-child agreement around tech and media use. We call it a Screen Contract and it's the most powerful tool in our parenting box.
Take control of technology before it controls you!
Your kids are worth the fight!
"We gave our kids phones in middle school, but quickly screens began affecting them in disturbing ways. We often don't get home from work until dinnertime, so constant nagging or hiding devices wasn’t an option. Marissa and Sherri recommended the right technology and helped us create family systems that work for us. Now, we feel more in control of tech and media and we’re confident that we can manage the way technology impacts our family over time"
Regina, mom of 15 and 13-year-old girls
Learn how to work as a team with parents in the lead, modeling the best tech-use form, keeping on track and avoiding tripping hazards. Pick up your teammates when they fall and show them how to avoid mistakes in the future. The ultimate win in this race is when your kids are finally ready, through years of practice and your help, to make wise choices and run with the baton all by themselves. That is the greatest victory of all!