Tablet totalitarianism: how an obsession with ‘screen time’ misses the point

07 Nov 2017
Posted By: SG   |   Source: LSE - Parenting for a Digital Future   |   URL:


The amount of time children spend in front of a screen is a thorny subject and one that can polarise parents. One parent reacted angrily when she received a leaflet from her child’s school, headed “LET’S PUT DOWN THAT TABLET!” It wasn’t so much the content of the leaflet but the alarmist tone.

It’s certainly true that parents need balanced guidance where their children’s use of screens is concerned, but it’s also true that the youngest children need real experiences in the real world.

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