If digital gadgets and games are designed to attract and keep kids’ attention, the nation’s pediatricians are pushing back with their own design.
“The goal is to give parents, and everybody really, a visual of how a child’s day maps out and we can really understand what affects the balance in their lives and what you need to do to have a balanced lifestyle,” says Corinn Cross, MD, FAPP, who came up with the idea for the Media Time Calculator, a major piece of the American Academy of Pediatrics new Family Media Plan. The recommended times for sleep and physical activity are set by default.
The idea, says Dr. Cross, is to help families make time decisions based on their own needs and priorities. “We don’t want media use to be the driving force, but just to fill in gaps.”
Check out this 3-minute demo of the Calculator. You can see how time available to spend on screen-based entertainment quickly disappears:
If durable human design is “the making and doing of things that promote and advance one’s ability to be an effective, contributing human in a complex and increasingly digital world,” the Media Time Calculator certainly qualifies.
To learn more about how to embrace your own nature as you live in harmony with your technology, take a look at How To Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design.
For more Durable Human posts, news, and freebies, sign up here .