This is Your Child’s Brain on Screens

Boy watching screen

If the title of this post is confusing to you, have no fear. Some of us older folks recall a time when a certain phrase – “This is your brain on drugs” – was all the rage.

A very successful ad campaign from the ’80’s and ’90’s, the message was that your mind would be fried – literally – if you used drugs. Here’s a sample of one of the many commercials:

VIDEO: This is Your Brain On Drugs

In more recent times, it has been another temptation that has had parents and educators worried. Technology – the tool that most of us rely upon to engage in the daily tasks of everyday life – has become so pervasive that even our children, in many cases, are addicted.

In this New York Post article “It’s ‘digital heroin’ – How screens turn our kids into psychotic junkies,” we read the stories of parents who are struggling with what they see as their kids’ addiction to technology, specifically screens, digital games and online content.

As the mother of two seven-year-old boys who are, by most accounts, addicted to Minecraft, I can relate. How much is too much in allowing them to play? How and where do I draw the line? What can parents in general do when they’re concerned about the amount of time that their kids are devoting to online and digital pursuits.

I answer these and other questions in an interview with CJAD 800‘s Barry Morgan Show. Curious? Listen to the full interview below.

Tell me what your experiences are with technology, screens and your kids. Are you worried about the amount of time that they’re spending playing games on smartphones and tablets? How do you manage their “digital addiction?”  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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