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The trouble with “screen time” rules
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2022-4725
Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3248-9862
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2018 (English)In: Digital Parenting: The Challenges for Families in the Digital Age, Yearbook 2018 / [ed] Mascheroni, Giovanna, Cristina Ponte, & Ana Jorge, Gothenburg: Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2018, p. 179-187Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we analyse the widely influential American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) “screen time” guidelines (issued in 1999 and updated in 2016) in relation to the existing evidence about parental mediation and the lived experience of families in the digital age. In our interviews with 73 diverse families in London, we have been struck by how often some version of these guidelines surfaces, often without knowing where they come from, as parents castigate themselves for allowing their children “too much” screen time, without much critical examination of what this means. We argue that these and similar time- or exposure-based guidelines rely on an insufficient evidence base, and lead parents to prioritise restrictive forms of screen time that neither serve the purpose of keeping children safe, nor of helping them towards opportunities.

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Gothenburg: Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2018. p. 179-187
Keywords [en]
screen time, parenting, American Academy of Pediatrics, families, twenty-first century skills, parental mediation
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Media and Communications
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Media; Family; Digitization
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-12030Libris ID: r1650pg7pdwv2nk24ISBN: 978-91-88855-00-8 ISBN: 978-91-88855-01-5 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-12030DiVA, id: diva2:1535910
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