Well-meaning messages meant to keep teens safe can backfire. The key is to focus on judgment and agency, not rigid rules for screen time.
PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE LONG recognized that we as individuals fare better when we believe that our actions can influence what happens and when we can shape an outcome through our behavior—in short, when we have agency. Conversely, routinely feeling out of control can threaten our well-being. In so many areas of digital life, we see evidence from teens of a struggle to feel and to be in control—to have digital agency.
Read more here: What Adults Don’t Get About Teens and Digital Life | Wired
This Wired article is based on the book Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing), by Emily Weinstein and Carrie James.