All About Boys with David Thomas: Boys and Screens

In this episode, David offers encouragement and challenge in taming the technology monster. He covers four critical factors necessary for development, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for screen time. He walks parents through five guiding principals for navigating screens, and a tool for developing healthy family rhythms. We hope that this episode equips and encourages you to faithfully disciple the boys in your life towards lifelong faith in Jesus Christ.

Show Notes:

Ideal Screen Time for Children (Stats from AAP):

-2 or younger: Ideally, no screen time at all

-18 months to 2 years: Screen time limited to video chat with family/friends. Limit individual screen time, only engage in educational videos or content with parental supervision

-2-5: 1 hour per day, parents should watch as well

-6+: Place consistent limits on time spent and types of media. Screen time should not affect sleep, exercise, or academic success

5 Guiding Principles to Help with Setting Media Boundaries:

-Parent in Community 

-Set Good, Clear Limits the Whole Way

-Use Technology to Your Advantage

-Take a Technology Sabbath for all Family Members

-Create a Contract 


Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids by Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff

Family Media Plan by AAP


The Social Dilemma (Available on Netflix)

Producer: Emily Heide