Resource Format: Video
Amin Aaser, Andy Crouch, Tiffany Shlain

An Interfaith Conversation on Screen Time

English
Created: 07/22/2019
Uploaded: 07/23/2019



In this unique discussion, three renowned experts discuss what different faith traditions bring to the screen time conversation and offer guiding principles that any family can use to maintain connection, hope, and strength in the digital age. Host Jean Rogers interviews filmmaker and media expert, Tiffany Shlain, author of the new book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week; writer and speaker Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family; and Amin Aaser, founder and director of Noor Kids.

Bringing Jewish, Christian, and Muslim perspectives, presenters discuss the importance of community to families struggling with screen time, why families should designate tech-free "sacred" times and spaces in their homes, and how parents and caregivers can help children reflect on their values.

For a time-stamped guide to key moments, see below: 

06:26-12:52
What is a tech Shabbat or Sabbath?

15:41-17:33
The importance of role models in children’s development.  

19:00-20:47
Why parents’ tech use matters.

21:57-23:44
Tiffany shares screen time advice from her own family. 

29:08-29:35
Andy doesn’t regret keeping video games out of the house.

32:33-33:00
How social media encourages narcissism. 

34:18-35:32
What is shame resilience and how can it support your family’s tech choices?

40:53-41:40
Parents’ role in their children’s character development.

52:04-52:15
A strong foundation of love and support in the home will ripple out to all other aspects of life.

54:16-56:25
How tech interferes in one’s spiritual development.

59:20-59:26
Frictionless living is not what humans are best suited to.

1:03:39-1:09:26
Centering the values of your family instead of focusing on screen time limits.