If screen use is a problem in your household, you’re not alone. With the rise in the use of cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices, families are searching for ways to get back to the good old days of unplugged parenting.
In a recent New York Times piece, the concept of screen time parent coaching came up. Apparently, people are searching for help in trying to get their families to reconnect- without all the tech. And they're willing to pay for it.
There have been multiple studies that have come out about the detrimental effects of screen time on a child’s developing brain. This has led to a flurry of worried parents, and a growth industry of solutions to address the big screen problem. There are now a ton of resources that have been developed on the subject of unplugging, with a special catering towards concerned parents on how to put a boundary on kids’ screen time.
Screen Time parenting coaches is a new branch of these resources, and according to the New York Times piece, they are charging anywhere from $80-250 an hour for it. And you’ll need about 8-12 sessions.
The advice that these coaches are giving seem pretty rudimentary. Suggestions of activities that were popular prior to the invention of screens. This advice includes things like getting a pet, going outside to be more active, and engaging in play with household objects. That seems like it may be a steep price tag for some very simple advice.
The problem seems to lie in the fact that we are all so entangled with our screens that it can be hard to promote and model healthy boundaries, even as adults. For grown ups, we tend to justify our use as it can be tied to our jobs or responsibilities. Like it or not, screens have taken over our everyday existence, and it can be overwhelming for parents to sort out where to even star with limiting them.
Regardless of what you think of this new trend of screen time parenting coaches, it is clear that people identified a need, and there are folks out there that are willing to fill it.