Welcome to the Screen Sanity blog! Here you'll find the latest tips and trends related to screentime, smartphones, social media and video games, as well as real-life stories from Screen Sanity families.

Porn Exposure and Our Children

The majority of teens have watched pornography online, some having seen it by age 10 or younger. We are our children’s greatest defenders against the hazards of the online world, and it’s never too early (or too late) to safeguard their online environment.

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Which first smartphone is best for your child?

It’s that time of year when the weather is changing, holiday decor is appearing on the shelves and gift-giving may be on the mind. Along with connection, cheer and cups of cocoa, this season can also bring about lengthy shopping lists and overwhelming decisions. If whether or not to buy your child a smartphone is one of those choices, you are not alone!

Sharenting: Respecting your Child on Social Media

Kids are always paying attention, absorbing the behaviors they see modeled in the world. Monkey see? Monkey do. They are internalizing our habits, practices and beliefs through our behaviors — including what we do and don’t post on social media. How do we honor them through our online presence? By setting, sharing and respecting boundaries.

3 Questions to Ask Before Getting your Child a Smartphone

With the release of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, you may feel added pressure to get your child a new device. But before you introduce a fully loaded smartphone, we encourage you to ponder three simple questions. WHY AM I GETTING MY CHILD A SMARTPHONE? If the answer is connection, or keeping in

Free Download: The Babysitter Guide

Our FREE Babysitter Guide is a helpful tool for quickly and easily sharing important information with your caregivers, including phone numbers, activity ideas and your family’s unique tech and screentime boundaries. Print it out, fill in your information and use it as a conversation starter the next time your babysitter or family cares for your kids.

Sharing Tech Boundaries with Family + Friends

You’ve done the work. You’ve thought critically about the role that you want technology to play in your home. You’ve considered the ways that devices might enhance or hinder your family values. You’ve communicated these things with your family and are feeling confident about the path ahead.

And then…you open the front door. You remember that there is a whole world out there that you simply cannot control. So now what? How can you communicate your family’s new practices to your friends and extended family?

Creation Over Consumption

With summer kicking into high gear, we can quickly feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of keeping kids engaged and entertained. While it can be so tempting to use screens as the solution, what if we were more intentional with our technology use this summer? What if instead of a platform of consumption, it were one of sparking creation? What if instead of a problem, it were a partner?

How to Host a Device-Free Gathering

Summer is here! This season feels like a natural invitation to gather, whether that be around a sprinkler in your front yard or enjoying popsicles on the back porch. In an effort to maximize memory making and minimize screentime, we are giving you a few tips on how to host a device-free gathering. These suggestions can be applied whether it’s the neighborhood kids coming over for a casual hangout, or you’re hosting a big summer birthday bash.