Taking a road-trip tech break

Car trips and devices go hand in hand. Try these ideas to help kids tune in to the real world, too.

When Andrea Davis takes the 10-hour road trip with her family to visit her parents in Idaho, an iPad is sure to be in the car. So will strict limits on its use—and plenty of non-tech activities.

Although the mom of five (and founder of Better Screen Time) was once so concerned about screen time that she literally hid the family TV in a closet when her kids were younger, she now believes in a tech compromise. The American Association of Pediatrics agrees. Even though children’s screen time—as well as parental concerns about it—are up, the AAP says parents should start shifting their focus from time limits on screens to how their kids are using them.

“We’ve really had to think about everything as a balance, especially during the pandemic over the last two years,” says pediatrician Nusheen Ameenuddin, chair of the AAP’s Council on Communications and Media.

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