Excellent point — I’m absolutely aware of and concerned about a generation growing as Children of the Screen. Putting time limits on screen use (though classifying that which is “productive” screen use from “play” or “social” is a fool’s errand…) is of course one prudent approach, as is applying parental controls, and of course, perhaps most importantly, modeling self control and good behavior in the first place. We’re just as addicted if not more so than kids, and so our approach has to also raise awareness of our own tendencies, behaviors, and how our kids perceive them.
As for Instagram and Snapchat — it feels like being carefully encouraging and providing context, guidance, and an open-door, no-shame/no-blame policy for having questioned asked about how to use each well (to preserve privacy and avoid bullying) is key. Would love to hear your thoughts and plans as you move forward with these questions…!