Screens can act as super tools or super distractions. If they are used efficiently, they can help us stay organized and access critical information. For example, phones and tablets include tools like reminder, to-do lists, and calendars. Used the wrong way, electronics can bulldoze attention and limit productivity. Teens, who are still developing critical thinking skills, will naturally struggle to limit their use of devices like phones, tablets, or gaming consoles. ADHD slows the development of self-regulation skills, making screen time an even greater concern. How can parents guide their easily distracted teens? Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D., suggests an ethics manual, scheduled time-outs, and other effective strategies for caregivers to utilize with their ADHD teen. He also discusses the risks of excessive screen time and why establishing boundaries is essential.
This ADDitude webinar was originally broadcast on March 27, 2018.
Replay the webinar, "Screen Time for the ADHD Brain: Technology Rules and Systems for Easily Distracted Teens"
Read Dr. Wes Crenshaw's complementary article, "Brilliant Idea Alert! An “Ethics Manual” for Your Teen’s Electronics"