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Childhood Unplugged (PDF)
Practical Advice to Get Kids Off Screens and Find Balance
Screens are everywhere. Children spend an average of 7.5 hours on digital devices every day with profoundly negative consequences. While some tech may “amplify” real life experience (online music lessons or Zoom calls with faraway family, for example), the vast majority “amputates” by limiting physical activity, creating anxiety, or damaging self-esteem. Childhood Unplugged takes a bold approach to creating healthy boundaries around the use of digital media, suggesting kids should be offline for the majority of their time.
Drawing on her own family’s experience, plus interviews with digital minimalists, educators, and child development experts, author Katherine Martinko presents:
- Meticulously researched analysis of the impacts of excessive screen time on children's physical, neurological, emotional, and social development
- Specific pathways to reduced screen exposure, naturally leading to more time spent outdoors, increased confidence and empathy, more creative and active play, and other benefits
- Inspiration for caregivers overwhelmed by the thought of severing ties with the digital babysitter
- Age-appropriate advice for fundamental change, with specific sections for babies and toddlers, school-aged children, and adolescents.
Taking a calming, nonjudgmental approach, Childhood Unplugged is a lifeline for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone who questions the role of digital media and yearns for the young people in their life to experience the profound beauty and magic of childhood.
Katherine Johnson Martinko is a sustainable living advocate who writes extensively about free-range parenting and low-impact living. She is a senior editor at Treehugger, a popular green lifestyle site. Katherine previously wrote for the Discovery Network's Parentables website and maintained a popular parenting blog. She lives in Port Elgin, Ontario.
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