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Why Youth Screen Time and Video Game Obsessions Are Not the Issue

Psychologists, journalists and those in the health industry have been peppering you with messages about media consumption, screen time, and gaming.

Yet, these people don’t quite understand how your kids work.

They offer trite, simple advice like:

  • Reduce screen time
  • Set schedules
  • Addiction is bad (black/white)
  • Lock down devices
  • Set-up security filters
  • Don’t install certain apps

These lists and articles are quite common.

The problem is they’re approaching this from our perspective, the parent perspective. Our perspective says Facebook and Instagram are where it’s at. We have a good sense as to how email, Google and the general internet work. They’ve been important to us for years. And, we quite good at filtering news sources, reading for detail and generally cutting out extraneous noise and deception.

Our kids are different. They don’t have the same skill yet. They’ll hack any security measures. They desperately want to connect with their friends via game rooms/chats. And, they don’t like social media as much as we’d think.

So we have to align what our kids want with what we want.

This is done through understanding and education. The more they know, the better off they’ll be in the long run. It’s not about limiting and restricting them. The typical approaches demonize tools and suggest that we install security apps instead of shaping actual behaviors and informing kids.

The Media Collusion courses focus on the latter.

We teach teens about:

  • How their games work
  • Why email is important
  • The history of mass media
  • How media economies work
  • How social media works
  • And, for example, the psychology of gambling/slot machines and how that translates to smartphone check-ins

With understanding and personal power, kids can change their behaviors and question their own choices.

That makes for a better human. . . someone you’d want to debate with across the dinner table. Someone who can reason in a very confused public sphere.

They don’t have to be a Luddite, but they have to know the realities of what’s behind the screen.

  • Who’s working against their interests?
  • Who’s asking for their time in trade for advertising $$$?
  • Who’s working for their interests?
  • How to tell the difference?
  • Where to go for answers

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