If you’re a parent, you can’t escape the avalanche of news touting the negative effects of technology on children. You figure that screen time can’t be as bad as experts are making it out to be, and yet, you’re unsure which platforms to trust and may even have anxiety over what your kids are seeing online. You want to help them form good habits around technology use, but where can you turn for guidance?
In Screen Captured, Sean Herman separates technology fact from fiction for his fellow parents. He highlights the difference between positive screen time, which focuses on education, connectedness, and creativity, and being screen captured, where we are manipulated by tech companies to crave the infinite feed. He acknowledges privacy concerns but digs deeper to reveal the true problem: a growing obsession among children with the social validation they receive online. Sean equips you with critical questions to ask so you can give your kids the best of technology—while eliminating the worst of it.
The number of young people connecting with social media is rapidly trending up. Parents must play an active role in ensuring that their children know how to use social networks responsibly. They need to help their children understand the outcomes of their online behavior, both for the impact their interactions have on other people, as well as the effect social media has on their own mental health and sense of belonging.
It’s not enough to let children loose to explore the online world alone. They need to be educated and mentored about what it means to be a good digital citizen today. Unfortunately, virtually all of today’s top tech platforms aren’t going to teach them—in fact, they are designed to enforce value in the wrong things, and above all else, to keep us screen captured. So, it is up to us as parents to educate and be educated on the role of technology in our children’s lives.