Now that it is summer as all parents know the struggle to keep a healthy balance of tech and other activities begin. I remember playing outside all summer long, in fact, I think there were nights my parents wondered if they had children we were gone so much. Unfortunately these days it’s just too dangerous to not know where your children are and all the gadgets and tech keep their interests inside more and more. Even my 8-year-old wants to be on her tablet, watching TV, or playing a video game. As much as I love how educational some tech can be I still want her to play outside, get dirty, and experience the world without a screen. I recently found a great resource to help me with this struggle through Cricket Media.
Cricket Media and Parents’ Choice Foundation (a non-profit) have partnered together on the Keeping Tech in Check Campaign. As part of this campaign, Cricket Media has put together a site with tons of resources for parents on ways to get your kids off the electronics. They have included things to do tab that include their classic magazines, activities, printables, and stories. We have always been big fans of Cricket Media and all of their publications and my daughter had a lot of fun exploring some of their recent issues.
Designed with both parents and kids in mind, KTIC features regularly updated screen-free activities (available to download as PDFs) from the archives of Cricket Media, including stories from all 11 Cricket magazines (fiction, non-fiction, read-aloud, easy-to-read content), time-tested activities such as games, crafts, experiments, writing prompts, wordplay games, plus a handy tool to monitor screen time, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For parents, the KTIC hub will also feature a “road map” for program success, with blogs, links to research and relevant topics and expert advice. All families who sign up for KTIC will receive a welcome kit with more ideas for family activities and goodies, and more.
• Archive of research on the topic of tech usage from respectable sources all over the world, from newspapers to scientific organizations to blogs from other parents finding solutions that may help others.
• Resources to help you discover new options to entice your family away from the screen or to entertain you all when you make the decision that screen time is appropriate, including lists of nearby parks and playgrounds to get you out the door, easy inside activities for rainy days, and suggestions for out-of-the-box ways to balance your family’s tech usage.
• Stories and activities from award-winning Cricket Media publications that you can download for your off-screen time, or access on-line when you are on-the-go.
• Our partner, Parents’ Choice, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys will provide reviews of non-tech games, toys, and activities to help you make educated choices for your family time.
• The American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Use Plan and Media Time Calculator, a personalized tool that will help you figure out how much media time your family needs.
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Visit the Keeping Tech in Check page today and start exploring the great resources (free).
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