An attitude of gratitude
Limit media exposure! Teach your children to be critical consumers of media. Place limits on screen time. Encourage kids to choose media with prosocial qualities and to use media to connect positively with others. Like it or not, media influences our children’s development, especially their independence, sense of right and wrong, and authenticity. Children’s lack of real-world knowledge puts them at a disadvantage for evaluating the truthfulness of media messages. Media is also more commercial than ever, encouraging sensation-seeking and immediate gratification over more purposeful discovery and self-discipline. Limiting a child’s screen time is straightforward: tell them how much TV they can watch and how much game time they can have, and mean it.