Parents everywhere are trying to figure out the best ways to incorporate or limit technology into their children’s lives, and the pandemic hasn’t made it any easier.
Premiering on TVO.org, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever podcasts are available, Screen Time is a new podcast that explores how the tech revolution has overtaken research into what’s healthy for kids.
This series shares questions, information and ideas to help parents, caregivers and educators around the world navigate our digital world.
“Modern life is deeply connected to online experiences that have become vital to our sense of self, yet questions linger about the impact of these experiences on our development and well-being – and this runs deeper for children. today and tomorrow,” said John Ferri, vice president of current affairs and documentaries at TVO. “Screen Time is an essential listen for anyone interested or concerned about young people’s interaction with technology.”
Co-produced by TVO and Antica Productions (This Being Human), this six-episode podcast features compelling conversations with parents and children as well as leading experts and policymakers.
Hosted by Taylor Owen, Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communication at McGill University, and tech journalist Nicole Edwards, Screen Time guides listeners through the vast, rapidly changing social experiment that is technological revolution. Through Screen Time, listeners will hear researchers make evidence-based discoveries on this topic at McGill University.
“We and our children are part of an ongoing experiment – and we all have to make tough choices about how to integrate technology into our lives. We are thrilled to partner with TVO and some of the world’s top researchers in McGill University and elsewhere to provide tentative answers,” said Stuart Coxe, the show’s executive producer and president of Antica Productions.
The podcast explores highly relevant topics such as screen time and brain development, online games as virtual playgrounds, and the impact of social media on teen mental health.
Screen Time also zooms out to understand the larger forces affecting children connected to the Internet, such as business models that profit from children’s online activities and what can be done to improve safety.
Although the metaverse may seem like an abstract concept, many children already live there. Screen Time presents an important opportunity to build a technology culture and develop an informed approach to reimagining our increasingly online world.