How much time online or doing video games is too much?

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How much time online or doing video games is too much?

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You know your child is spending too much time with technology when it begins to interfere with other parts of their life. Balance is what’s key here. Yes, it’s okay for them to game online for a little while or even to use their social networking accounts, but is it stopping them from getting their homework done? Practicing the piano? Going to soccer practice? Or helping you make dinner or take out the garbage? When we know that our children are online too long, it’s going to also affect their sleep patterns and the way that they behave within the family dynamic. We want to make sure that children are never online are more than 30 to 60 minutes without getting up and walking around. And that they look away from the screen every 15 minutes in order to protect their eyes. If you can follow these few simple rules, then we will find balance in our lives with the digital world.

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Lori Getz, M.A.

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Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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