The use of digital media by children and adolescents, including interactive and social media, has grown exponentially over the last 15 years. Fifty-four percent of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen's screen time. These concerns are not limited to the teen’s screen time – in the same survey, more than a third of parents of teens admitted they also struggle with the allure of screens (Pew Research Center, 2018).
Research on traditional media, such as television, has identified health concerns and negative outcomes correlated with the duration and content of viewing; more recent research suggests exposure to the newer media may lead to additional risks but could also have some benefits, particularly for younger children, depending on the content and context of the media experience (e.g., age-appropriateness of material and the extent to which parents are engaged with their child).
Webinar presenters will provide an overview of relevant research, discuss implications for children and their parents, suggest helpful resources for practitioners who work with fathers, and offer tips that can be shared with fathers to help them make informed decisions about screen time for their children.
- David Miller, Social Media Lead, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
- Rebecca Parlakian, Senior Director of Programs, Zero to Three
- Eric Rasmussen, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
Moderator/Facilitator: Nigel Vann, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse