Milwaukee pediatrician teaches kids early about too much screen time
Updated: 10:30 PM CDT May 19, 2017
Pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Twente has a new question she asks parents during checkup appointments — how much screen time does your child get per day?
As a mother of two, she’s always thought limiting her kids’ use of “screens” like the phone and TV was important. But after seeing the movie Screenagers, she knew she wanted to help kids outside her home and office.
She visited Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay on Thursday and talked to middle school students about using technology in a healthy way.
“I try to talk to them about controlling this impulse to keep going,” Twente said. “I call it exercising their self control muscle and that this isn’t just important for screen time but other areas of their life too.”
Twente also recommends parents look at REDgen, a website about resiliency for kids.
WEBVTT SY>> A LOT OF MY FRIENDS, THEY AREALL MOST ALWAYS ON SNAPCHAT ANDTHINGS LIKE THAT.ADRIENNE: 13-YEAR-OLD SAM SNYDERKNOWS THE ADULTS IN HIS LIFEDON’T WANT HIM CONSTANTLY USINGTECHNOLOGY.>> THERE IS A TIME YOU SHOULDSTOP, BUT I DON’T REALLY KNOW.ADRIENNE: YOU DON’T KNOW WHENTHAT TIME IS?>> NO, I DON’T. ADRIENNE: THAT’S EXACTLY WHYPEDIATRICIAN DR. JENNIFER TWENTESTARTED GIVING PRESENTATIONS ATSCHOOLS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TOOMUCH SCREEN TIME.>> IT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGEWHEN I GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL.WE NEED TO MAKE THE DECISION TOTURN THIS OFF.ADRIENNE: IT’S ADDICTIVE. >> IT CAN BE ADDICTIVE. ADRIENNE: SHE KNEW SHE HAD TOHELP KIDS IN SCHOOLS AND NOTJUST THOSE IN HER OFFICE WHENSHE SAW THIS MOVIE CALLED”SCREENAGERS.”>> WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME, WHO’STHERE TO CATCH YOU?YOUR MOM?YOU CAN OUTSMART HER EASILY.NO OFFENSE.>> YEAH, MOM. IT’S A REALLY HARD MATH THING.ADRIENNE: THE DOCTOR RECOMMENDSCUTTING STRING TIME TO WANT TOTWO HOURS.HERE IS WHY.EXPERT TEACHER SAID TO ME THATTHEY HAVE NOTICED KIDS AREHAVING TROUBLE WITH LONGER-TERMPROJECTS OR READING PROJECTS ORTHEY HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND FOCUSFOR A WHILE.THERE USED TO THE IMMEDIATEFEEDBACK OF THE PHONE.ADRIENNE: THE GOOD NEWS IS THOSESOCIAL AND LISTENING SKILLSAREN’T GONE FOREVER.SHE SAYS LIMIT SCREEN TIME ANDYOUR CHILD SHOULD SHOWIMPROVEMENT.