The Dip COVID19 Screen-time Initiative
COVID19 showed us the value of devices for social connection. Over that time many parents had put aside screen-time practices to cushion disappointment and cope with the stress of lockdown.
After emerging from the COVID-19 lockdown period to discover a ‘new normal’ (balancing the occasional sick day), it has been necessary for many families to adjust their screen-time limits. This is tricky because when children and parents turn to their phones not to communicate, but as a coping strategy for handling discomfort, research shows increased addictive phone use one month later.
The Dip is run by clinical psychologists wanting to support clinicians and families to change the screen-time dynamics at home in the most helpful way possible. We realise this is tough – and we want families to embark on this by demonstrating strong family values.
During COVID-19 we ran a screen-time Initiative to support parents. It was comprised of tips sheets, brief videos (explaining the role of devices in social connection and how to come alongside your child) and a free Zoom support group.
Thank you for supporting "The Dip" Initiative
Dr Danielle Einstein & Dr Anna McKinnon