WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up family matters Setting Limits on Screen Time A L B E R T M C K E O N writer karyn deVito has a job title that previous generations of parents never would have thought possible: electronic device monitor. Of course, the responsibility itself is nothing new. Parents have long had to ensure that their children don't overload on gadgets: from the black-and-white television to the rotary- dial telephone to early-generation video games like Atari. But those diversions seem like trivial nuisances when compared to modern electronics, and that's because today's devices are mobile and more engaging than ever. Smartphones and tablets can be used anytime and almost anywhere, and entertainment consoles such as Xbox offer not only true-to-life video games but also the same apps that are found on the handheld devices. For kids, it's a digital nirvana. For parents, it's a nearly constant call to vigilance. "I don't set a hard time limit, but I don't let them play for hours," DeVito says of her three sons, who attend public elementary school in Wellesley. She understands her children want to have the same fun others have; she played video games herself when she was younger. But she also recognizes modern electronic devices are more pervasive. She says if left unchecked, one of G A R Y P E R K I N / 1 2 3 R F . C O M 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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