How can parents control their child’s screentime?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how to control your child’s screentime.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: How can parents control their child s screentime?

    Rene Hackney: With controlling screen time, parents might have some success, if they just give their child a ration per day. We have had families where they give their children two red shifts and those red shifts each represent a half hour. They can use at it any time during the day for their video, their computer or their television, but that is it for the day. They might also as a child watch as a ninety minute movie say, Okay for the next two days there will be none because the idea is to the balance it out of that long run. It might also be a good opportunity to talk to children about what games are their favorite and why, so that they are helping them to better use that time or what television shows are their favorite and why, so the TV just is not on all day when it is not something they are really interested in.