Resources for parents wanting to break kids’ extreme electronics usage habits

Following our year-long ABC News “20/20” report on American families dealing with the devastating effects of excessive use of technology, we wanted to provide our viewers with resources for more information, support and how to help others.

American Psychological Association has a column, titled “Children and electronic media: How much is too much?” HERE.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers an online tool to help parents think about media, create goals and rules that are in line with their family’s values HERE.

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) established the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which provides resources and guidelines that provide information and insight about games for kids. They provide tips for parents HERE an a discussion guide HERE.

Families Managing Media is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and empower parents to confidently manage the ever-changing world of childhood screens.

Cam Adair says he is a former video game addict who now dedicates his life to helping others who think they play too much. He lectures about eliminating game usage and helps mentor people trying to quit.

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Resources and experts mentioned in our program:

Kevin Roberts counsels families all over the United States regarding excessive technology usage and is the author of two books, “Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap” and “Get Off That Game Now!” He is referring participants and contributing to the NIH funded study taking place at Wayne State University and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan about excessive digital usage’s impact on the brain.

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-Outback Therapeutic Expeditions – Unplugged Program: More information can be found on their website HERE.

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