Working Groups

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Working Groups are collaborative communities organized around common interests, goals or professions. Participants decide on scope and direction and projects are led by individual members. The following groups were formed at the Children’s Screen Time Action Network Inaugural Conference in April 2018.

How do they work?

The Action Network Working Groups are organized via ListServ through Google Groups. When you click "join" on any of the following groups, you will be directed to a page where you can request to be added to the group. Please note that you must have a Google account to join the group. If you have any questions about joining, please contact info@screentimenetwork.org

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Early Childhood

Educators and advocates are working to create programs, projects and resources that help teachers, childcare providers and parents identify the risks of screen use in early childhood environments. One of the first projects is creating a “Screen-Free” or “Screen Aware” designation for schools that maintain play, nature and physical activity as priorities for early childhood settings. 

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Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals are concerned about how kids’ screen overuse affects their well-being. Current projects include a letter to the American Psychological Association (APA) regarding the unethical practice of persuasive design to increase kids use of ad-supported devices. Fact sheets and a directory of mental health professionals knowledgeable about screen overuse are also planned.

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Screens in Schools

Screens in Schools

This group works on specific solutions that parents and teachers can use to advocate for limited screen use in schools. Topics such as the “gamification” of education and corporate-sponsored digital curricula are addressed.

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Children and Nature

Helping kids develop a stronger relationship with nature as an antidote to media dependence. Currently, this group shares high-quality videos and articles about the link between screen time and nature deficit disorder.

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Faith Communities

Faith Communities

This group supports all faith traditions which wish to understand how media is shaping children’s spiritual lives. They work to empower people to approach leadership in their churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship, many of whom have not considered the amount of time their youth are spending with digital devices rather than with their families and friends.  

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Have an idea for a new group?

We would love to hear from you! Let us know what your group would center on and any potential projects you have in mind. 

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