No Tech Shaming Here: It’s a Balance, Not a Ban
Cricket Media, an award-winning children’s publisher of 11 ad-free magazines, and Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, wants to re-frame the conversation about tech and screen time.
They have just launched a helpful hub for families called Keeping Tech in Check: www.keepingtechincheck.com. With the tagline, “a balance, not a ban,” Keeping Tech in Check offers families a wealth of tools, tips and resources to help them find the right balance between technology and real-life experiences.
Unlike similar efforts that focus only on “unplugging,” Keeping Tech in Check recognizes that screens are a mainstay in our 21st century lives, and this initiative is being launched to help parents mindfully manage screen-time as an intentional part of a daily “diet” of activities.
“Technology is here to stay, offering a wealth of resources,” says Stephanie Sharis, CEO of Cricket Media. “Our magazines have always promoted active learning, acting as catalysts for children’s curiosity and creativity. And with the Keeping Tech in Check initiative, we hope that we can help that play out in real life as much as online.”
Drawing from Cricket Media’s deep archive of award-winning magazine content, the site includes stories and downloadable activities, as well as news and current research. A dedicated blog will feature expert advice and real-life ideas for activities that shine the spotlight on balancing tech mindfully.
“We long ago crossed the Digital Rubicon,” adds Claire Green, president of The Parents’ Choice Foundation. “Keeping Tech in Check offers parents ways to help balance families’ screen based play. No PhD required.”
For more information, visit www.keepingtechincheck.com.