UnPlug resources for parents

UnPlug specialises in working with organisations; however, we also recoginise the importance of having Digital Wellbeing resources for parents.  As such we mentor a number of young adults on Digital Wellbeing and are ambassadors for Children & Screens and Screentime Action Network.

Overall guidance; Being a parent is hard, and so much digital technology is positive.  However, research is now conclusive; poor screen management is leading to children having challenges with mental and emotional health, so it’s important that parents are aware of how best to manage this.  Parents are the best Parent control app.  As children co-regulate it is important that parents lead by example.  The below offers advice and tools to help you do this.

Note – A big part of leading by example is work / digital culture and we have programmes that can support you with that.  Click here for more.  Also, if you have your company health insurance with Irish Life they have a specific UnPlug course on “Managing Screentime at Home” that’s available to you and summarises alot of the below.

Below are some specific resources for parents:

General resources

Experts

Organisations

  • Common Sense Media is the #1 resource for families and digital tech. It reviews all influencers/apps/movies https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ 
  • Children & Screens – a leading nonprofit, supporting and advancing evidence-based scientific research on technology’s impacts on child health and well-being – they have an excellent youtube channel packed with resources https://www.youtube.com/c/ChildrenandScreens
  • Screentime Action Network – A coalition of practitioners, educators, advocates, and parents working to promote a healthy childhood by reducing the amount of time kids spend with digital devices.https://screentimenetwork.org/
  • Lookup – An intergenerational organization for youth, we fund youth solutions through grants that further their impact as they lead the change in the digital world where mental health and safety is the focus.
    https://lookup.live/
  • Logoff -A movement dedicated to rethinking social media by youth for youth
    https://www.logoffmovement.org/
 

If you have concerns about Online Safety we recommend the following local support

 

Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions. 

Kind Regards,

 

Chris Flack

 

Co-founder, UnPlug

E: chris@unplughq.com

T: +353 1 485 2923

L: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-flack/