Keeping Tech in Check

Summer means popsicles and sprinklers, bike rides to the park and fresh strawberries. It also can mean a lot of free time. And sometimes, more free time also means letting the kids watch more tv or play more videogames. That’s where this new initiative, Keeping Check in Tech, from Cricket Media comes in.

With the tagline “It’s a balance, not a ban,” Keeping Tech in Check is meant to provide parents with tools to help balance and manage screen time.

The website is free, and offers activities and resources from the youngest kids on up to adults. Sample content includes stories from Cricket’s magazines, printables, recipes, science experiments, games and lots more to keep kids busy. You can also just take a spin through the random activity generator if you want to take a chance.

Many of these are activities that you can do right at home. For instance, check out their downloadable Backyard Explorer Nature Notebook. You don’t have to go far to find birds, animals, plants, interesting smells and textures. This free notebook can help guide you.

You can also check out their free program Bug Camp, which begins today and lasts through the summer. Through the program, you can download a free story each week with related activity ideas.

There are also resources for us adults, including a media calculator and media use tool from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We are excited to be working with Cricket Media on this initiative. Any feedback about the site is welcome, and we will pass it along. We would also love to hear your tips about how you balance screen time in your homes. Leave a comment below to let us know.

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Ali Wilkinson

Online Editor at PDX Parent
Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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