As a parent, figuring out an approach to screen time can feel overwhelming. With so many conflicting voices and opinions, so many scare stories about both the harm of devices and the need for children to learn how to use new technologies, it sometimes feels impossible to make sense of what the research actually says about the impact of screens on children, let alone figuring out how this translates into real life with your children (and how you’re supposed to get through the day with young children without resorting to the TV). We are the first ever generation of parents to have to manage the challenge of digital devices and the internet, and deciding on an approach can feel overwhelming.
This is why I have designed this course. It has been created as a non-judgemental resource to support you as you engage with the evidence and research and clarify your vision for how – and how often – you want screens to be used in the home. It’s not a course that will make you feel guilty for using screens, or tell you that you should never use them. It also won’t tell you that you should never regulate your children’s screen use, or make you feel bad for setting boundaries around them. In fact, this course won’t tell you what to do at all. Instead it will provide you with heaps of information, guidance, and practical advice, so that you can make your own decisions based on what you learn, and your own family’s needs and values.
What will we cover
The first week of the course is all about you and your own relationship with screens, technology, and social media; after all, we are the ones who need to be modelling healthy screen use to our children. We’ll look what the research says about adults and technology, explore why parents can feel compelled to spend so much time online, and you’ll be supported as you dig deeper into your feelings about your own screen use. You’ll come away with practical tips for helping you spend less time looking at your phone, if that’s an area you’ve identified as problematic for you, and with lots of ideas for making sure the time you’re spending online is leaving you feeling good.
Now we’ve spent time on your relationship with screens, it’s time to think about your children. The second week of the course will talk you through some of the varied research and writing on children, screens, television, games, and social media. Taking an impartial view, you’ll get an honest look at what the evidence says, and how to interpret it, and what it might mean for your family. You’ll finish the week feeling empowered to make your own decisions around screens, confident that your choices are rooted in sound knowledge.
The third week of the course will focus on keeping your children safe online at every age, including certain things to watch out for. We’ll look at how you can support your children in building a healthy relationship to screens, and how to spot signs of screen addiction or a harmful relationship with screens.
The fourth week is all about putting the above into practice, creating a family environment where screens are neither feared nor relied upon. You’ll be supported to work out an approach to screen time that feels right for your family’s needs and values. We’ll cover talking to children about their screen use, setting confident limits, and how to reduce your screen time as a family (if this is something you identify as being beneficial for you).
There will be a live interview with Maria Evans focusing on how to support children in building a healthy relationship with screens at a young age which will last them well into their teen years.
Is this course for me?
Yes, if you want to feel confident crafting your approach to screen time – for yourself and for your children.
The course will suit you if you want to make your own mind up about what the best approach is for your family, but you’d like someone to compile all of the varied research and literature that’s out there on the subject and make it more accessible for you.
You do not need to live in the UK to take part – parents from all over the world enrol in my courses, and I love that they are always international.
You do not need to use Facebook for this course, although you will have access to a Facebook group.
How will the course be run?
The course will run from 7th March 2019 for four weeks, though you will have lifetime access to the materials and videos, and so will benefit from the updates I make each time I run the course.
Each week you will have access to an in-depth video workshop on each topic. A workbook accompanies each week, filled with information and research, as well as questions to get you thinking about what would work for you and your family. Each workbook includes a carefully curated reading list for those of you who want to dig even deeper. You will be able to work through these at your own pace.
You will also have access to a weekly Q&A video which will be recorded live in the course Facebook group, giving you a chance to ask any questions you would like me to disucss.
A private Facebook group provides a supportive space for ongoing community discussion with like-minded parents.
You will have access to all of the course materials both on Facebook, and on a members area of this website. You will be sent a link to the Facebook group and log-in details for the website content before the course starts.
How do I book?
Booking is now closed. I will run the course again later in the year, so do keep an eye out for further dates.
I look forward to working with you!