In this season of New Year’s resolutions and goals for a better 2011, I thought I would share about a recent website I came across. I will add my little disclaimer, though, and that is that I do allow my kids to play Wii and we do rely on electronics to keep our kids entertained on our many family travels. However, as we, families and individuals, strive for balance in our lives, I feel like the Media Diet Calculator offered free by iShineLIVE is a very useful tool in helping to achieve this balance.
Their aim is to bring awareness of family media intake versus real life interaction. Over the Christmas holidays I took a deliberate break from my computer, scaling back the time spent on it as well as taking time off from my blog. This alone freed up a huge chunk of my time and allowed me to have real life interaction with my family! I really think this tool can be useful in bringing awareness to just how much time we give to the media.
It is estimated that the 20 million tweens in this country spend 25 hours a week watching television and playing video games. Wow! That’s almost like a part-time job!
“We as parents must be deliberate of what media our kids consume, understanding that it is forming the way our kids look at everything – self image, friends, parents, leaders, themselves,” remarks iShine Founder and Chief Creative Officer Robert Beeson. “If we as parents aren’t actively forming the person our kid’s are becoming – make no mistake – someone else is.”
I know times are changing. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was married and now my 8 year old son is asking for one. My kids are growing up in a digital world where all these technology conveniences are the norm, but we must be careful to not let it consume and bring unnecessary distraction to their lives! (See the NY Times article on Growing Up Digital, Wired For Distraction.)
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