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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 232

Managing Teen Screen Addiction: What Parents Need to Know

with guest Michael Jacobus

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | April 4, 2024 | 44:35 min.

How is your teenager’s excessive screen time affecting their wellbeing? Teen screen addiction is one of the toughest challenges parents are facing right now. Michael Jacobus, a seasoned summer camp director and the visionary behind Reset Summer Camp, shares how parents can recognize the addiction signs, intervene, and foster healthier tech habits. With an impressive career spanning over three decades and a personal journey through his son’s battle with gaming addiction, Michael’s unique experience couldn’t be more timely.

Today's Guest(s)


Michael Jacobus

Michael Jacobus is a life-long, career Camp Director and youth-development specialist. An internationally recognized author, child-development professional and outdoor education guru, Michael founded Reset Summer Camp after witnessing, (within his own family) the dangers and challenges of screen addicted youth.


In a world where digital devices are omnipresent, overcoming the allure of screens and video games can be lifesaving. Michael shares his expertise on how to help your teen navigate the digital world responsibly and detox from excessive screen use to develop a balanced and fulfilling life. Whether you’re seeking to improve your family dynamics or looking for ways to instill healthier tech habits in your teen, this podcast is an invaluable resource for parenting in the digital age.

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

Benefits of Digital Detox: Know how and when to unplug from screens and engage in offline real-life experiences to improve family dynamics, build healthier relationships, and enhance mental well-being for both parents and teens

Effective Strategies for Managing
Set clear screen time limits, establish healthy sleep and eating schedules, and engage in outdoor activities with your kids to promote a balanced digital lifestyle and reduce dependency on screens.

Recognizing Signs of Addiction
Reclusive behavior, disrupted sleep patterns, refusal to engage in family activities, and declining mental health like anxiety and depression are all warning signs to be aware of to help your teenager overcome digital dependencies and promote healthier habits.



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