Are you exhausted over the Fortnite war in your home? Did you give your teen a smartphone and social media too early? Are you feeling alone and overwhelmed? Do your kids need some non-virtual friends?
Now that you’ve learned about the brain science and warning signs behind addictive screen habits, you’re ready to delay (or remove) the screens but may be asking yourself: “Now what?”
It’s important to gather your village of support as you embark on this new and unfamiliar adventure (ie. delaying addictive screens for your kids). At ScreenStrong we know it can feel overwhelming to go against the cultural norm, but don’t give up! You’ve made it this far, and the next step is to have an in-person community group that’s got your back.
Community is where real change happens so this step is essential for getting your kids off the addictive screens and back into the real world. This is why we encourage you to gather your friends and other like-minded parents to start a ScreenStrong group within your own community.
What is a ScreenStrong group?
ScreenStrong groups are informal gatherings for like-minded families wanting to prevent future screen addiction issues by delaying addictive screens for their kids until late adolescence as well as providing a friend group for unplugged kids.
Who are the groups meant for?
This group is for you, if you:
- Have preschool kids and want to prevent future problems.
- Have kids in elementary through middle-school and want a group to stand together to delay entertainment screen devices, including video games and smartphones.
- Have teens who are struggling with screen overuse and addiction.
What do the groups do together?
The idea is to have purpose and structure as a group for your non-tech activities. Like a good ScreenStrong coach, you are modeling to your kids how to live and have a social life without depending solely on screens for entertainment (ie. go to the bowling alley together but leave the phones at home).
Read The ScreenStrong Solution.
Grab a copy of “The ScreenStrong Solution: How to Free Your Child from Addictive Screen Habits” to get started. Most groups start out by reading the book together!
Keep us posted!
Let us know you’re starting a group, or find out if there’s already one in your area.
You can’t do it alone! Let’s foster the growth and development of happy, healthy kids by creating a tribe with a mission to reclaim our kids from addictive screen habits.