Negotiating Screen Time: Part 2
Just how much screen time is too much? Returning to our discussion of negotiating screen time we first have to arrive at some guidelines about what constitutes excessive use. Based on my interview with my grandson I know that we are dealing with an experience that kids find engaging and rewarding in many ways. So if as parents we believe that our children are spending too much time in front of a screen, we must be prepared to come up with a plan that provides substitute activities that are equally rewarding. We must also allow our children to participate in these discussions and contribute their considerable insight about what the video games mean to them.
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Ellen Toronto is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Spring, Texas and has been practicing since 1980. In 2017, she was elected a Fellow in Psychoanalysis by the American Psychological Association. In 2016, Dr. Toronto's practice was recognized as one of the top Ann Arbor Psychology practices. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Toronto is married to Robert Toronto, Ph.D., and together they have four sons and eleven grandchildren.