What is the role of screentime?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about the role of 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: What is the role of screentime?

    Rene Hackney: Screentime refers to the amount of time that young children are spending watching television, playing video game or playing computer games. The idea is that the more children are spending time during those activities, the less time they are actually reading and the less time they are choosing another may be more age appropriate activities. The guidelines for screentime given by zero to three, is from two to ten years old an hour a day is maximum for computer, television and video games combined. Many children these days, many young children are getting significantly more screentime then that, which means they are not being read to a reading as much as they should be.