Friday, December 8, 2017
A brief intervention to help parents manage children's screen time
Researchers explored the potential benefit of a brief intervention to help busy parents gain knowledge and skills to manage their children's daily screen time effectively. The intervention consisted of a 1-hour instructional session followed by a 1-hour hands-on workshop with the assistance team. The instructional session provided background information regarding the positive and negative impacts of children's media use, basic strategies for limit-setting and positive parenting, a discussion of challenging circumstances (e.g. multiple siblings, friend's houses, education vs. entertainment), and specific tools for setting up and managing common devices (e.g. passwords and filters). The hands-on workshop allowed parents to ask more questions and bring in their own devices for 1-on-1 technical assistance from the assitance team.
Parents who participated reported satistfaction with the intervention and more confidence in managing their child's screen time. Data analysis also showed that participating parents implemented more technology-specific parenting strategies after the workshop and reduce the average amount of preceived screen time.