There are some products and services that we like so much because they genuinely support our screen-free lifestyle. We created this resource page so you can see the latest things we are using to help us parent screen free, in hopes that you may benefit from them as well. Much like our Tech-Wise Parenting and Screen-Free Activities sections, we are always adding to this page so stay tuned.
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There are three general categories of items we recommend here:
1. Products that help limit screen time:
As young children grow older, natural prosocial exposure to screens is inevitable and, if managed properly, can contribute positively to their lives. It is necessary for parents to educate their kids about media literacy, overuse and limits. Some excellent resources have been developed in the past decade to help parents navigate this safely and place helpful limits on children and technology use. Over time we will review and recommend some products and applications that we believe can truly help parents.
2. Parenting and child development books
There is a wealth of information available on child development and on screen-use in children. We will provide reviews and recommendations of some of the top books in this area. There is much more to come soon in this section. We launched this blog on April 1, 2016, and we are working as quickly as we can to fuel the revolution.
- Introducing the Screen-Free Parenting Community Forum
- Introducing the Screen-Free Community
- Book Review: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
- The Present Moment: Five Ways Mindfulness Can Help You on Your Parenting Journey
- The Internet Is Changing Your Brain: Part Two
- The Internet Is Changing Your Brain: Part One
- Screen-Free Parenting Presents “Screenagers” – October. 4, 2016
- What Happened When We Took an Extra Dose of Vitamin N: 8 Unique Outdoor Activities
3. Kid’s Toys, books and products
We really believe children need very little to engage in very meaningful play. If you need proof, check out our many free screen-free activities articles such as the 9 Must Have Screen-Free Outdoor Toys to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning. However, if you are going to provide play materials, all toys are not equal. We promote products that encourage imaginative or active play, are simple, and usually not electronic. There is much more to come soon in this section. We launched this blog on April 1, 2016, and we are working as quickly as we can to fuel the revolution.