By Jasmine London-Thomas 

It is interesting to know how much the internet has changed during the past 20 years. I am a part of the generation of kids who basically saw the internet blow up to  what we know it is today. One of my favorite memories as a kid was playing on the computer on various websites such as,, and While I enjoyed doing so, we did have some screen time limitations. In school, there would be a time limit when I played educational games during free time, or at home, my parents would limit the amount of time my brothers and I were allowed to spend on the computer.

Let’s fast forward to the year 2020 when the pandemic happened. Families saw a dramatic increase in internet use and a long-term increase in television viewing because we were literally stuck at home. As a result, there have been some effects from this especially in a school setting, such as  According to the Pew Research center “a majority of parents in the United States (66%) – who include those who have at least one child under the age of 18, but who may also have an adult child or children – say that parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago…” A study shows that early exposure to screen time can affect cognitive abilities and academic performance as well.

Tips to limit screen time for young children:

  • Stay accountable: Set a schedule for yourself with a time limit, for example, 1-2 hours per day
  • Encourage going outside and doing outdoor activities
  • Create a phone free zone during meal times

Conversation starters:

  1. How do you currently manage screen time at home or in school?
  2. Do you feel you have too much or too little screen time in your life?
  3. Who sets the screen time rules at home? In school?
  4. What is one screen time rule you wish your parents had to follow?

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