This week, ABC News 20/20 aired the story we contributed to over the past year called, Digital Addiction. One of our advisory doctors and authors, Victoria Dunckley, MD, participated with the production and her segment was aired on Good Morning America summarizing the progress of one family as they successfully detoxed their two young children from their screens. Please view and share this excellent material with your kids, schools, and community. Education is truly the key that unlocks the struggle behind balancing all this technology in our children’s lives.
Parents with 2 Young Kids Obsessed with Electronic Devices get an Intervention (5:42 min)
Here are the segments of the ABC 20/20 story, Digital Addiction.
ABC 2020 Segment 1: Three different families struggle with the excessive use of technology. For hours each day, Brooke would use her phone, and Josh and Chris would play video games. (8:06 min)
ABC 2020 Segment 2: Excessive use of technology takes toll on families’ relationships Chris would miss family gatherings. Brooke’s risky behavior escalated from a young age, and Josh skipped school. (7:17 min)
ABC 2020 Segment 3: Dad and teen both unplug and give up their video games Josh attends a wilderness program away from technology, and Chris agrees to give up video games for 90 days. (5:21 min)
ABC 2020 Segment 4: Teen gets phone back during trip home from treatment. Since arriving at her treatment facility, Brooke is allowed some cell phone use to test her limits while visiting family. (6:31 min)
ABC 2020 Segment 5: Parents see son for the first time since he unplugged from technology. “I didn’t really notice that video games were destroying me mentally,” Josh said of his video game use. (4:30 min)
ABC 2020 Segment 6: Dad, teen adjust to life after weeks without video games. Brooke returns to her treatment center, where she was treated for mental health issues and excessive phone use. (3:52 min)