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Harvard Pediatric Professor Talks About Managing Screen Time And Cyberbullying This School Year


There’s a lot about the school year ahead that’s overwhelming. For some parents, kids will be dealing with a new normal in person. For others, they’ll be tackling another year of remote learning.

Remote learning is a new landscape for both kids and parents. Most can agree that last year’s efforts were haphazard at best. This year, students engaging in remote learning will be faced with something different. They will be introduced to the internet as a space for both learning and socializing.

It’s admittedly overwhelming for parents. The amount of time spent on screens flies in the face of a lot of the rules of restriction that have been so popular in recent years. Parents are also concerned about their child’s social and emotional well-being as interacting with peers has been redefined.

Thankfully, Dr. Michael Rich has some answers to help parents cut through the confusion. Dr. Rich is an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He also practices adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is the founder and director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) and the first evidence-based medical program addressing physical, mental, and social health issues associated with digital technology, the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID).

LittleThings spoke with Dr. Rich about some of parents’ most pressing concerns about digital well-being in the age of remote learning. We covered everything you need to know about screen time and cyberbullying to feel confident as kids get back to it.

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