The Guide Welcome! Here you will find the science-based guidance for raising happy, healthy children, from toddlers to teenagers in today’s digital environment. Built on a bedrock of research, our Family Digital Wellness Guide will give you a quick overview of your child’s stage of development and how it relates to the media they use. You can explore the Guide through the interactive webpages above or download the Guide separately and read at your convenience. Translations are also available:
- Learn how to talk to children about the COVID-19 pandemic
- Visit our clinic CIMAID if you are a parent concerned about your child’s media use
- Ask a question about media use and your child at our partner site Mediatrics
- Get your own prescription for play to help your child learn and grow
- Read all about children and media on our page for parents
- Read our detailed guide on family digital wellness and returning to school in 2020
The Family Digital Wellness Guide is just what parents are looking for as they navigate using technology to help their kids during the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers sound, thoughtful tips and science-backed guidance for parents with kids of all ages.
— Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety at Facebook
At Roblox, we believe in empowering kids, teens and parents with the skills they need to navigate the digital world. The Family Digital Wellness Guide comes from such a place of empowerment versus fear, and offers actionable advice to help build the skills and confidence needed to create a positive, healthy online experience.
— Tami Bhaumik, Vice President of Digital Civility, Roblox
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is proud to join the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as our media and tech partners, in launching the Family Digital Wellness Guide. How children use technology can affect their physical and mental well-being, as well as their development. This innovative guide provides parents with science-based resources to assist them in raising healthy children in an ever-changing digital world.
— Michael Sherman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Harvard Pilgrim
Today, more than ever, technology is at the core of how we connect to each other across the spectrum of our personal and professional lives. Optum believes that technology can strengthen the health system and help people live healthier lives by empowering communication and engagement. That’s why we’re proud to support this informative guide offering evidence-based best practices to help families navigate today’s digital landscape in a way that promotes heathy development and supports overall well-being.
— Jeffrey Meyerhoff, MD, Senior National Medical Director, Optum Behavioral Health
Now, more than ever before, children rely on media to learn, play, and stay connected with friends and family. The Family Digital Wellness Guide is an excellent resource for parents looking for age-appropriate advice that will help their children develop healthy media habits for life.
— Michael Preston, Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
The ubiquity of media in children’s lives is a fundamental element of the modern world. Every parent and educator must establish a pragmatic ‘balancing act’ to promote a healthy, balanced digital diet. To do so requires practical knowledge about what each child needs to succeed, and guidance from experts who are rooted in scientific discovery as media forms continue to evolve rapidly. The Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital has brilliantly combined their exceptional clinical experience helping children and families navigate the ‘Digital Wild West’ with the latest science of learning and brain development. As a media organization that reaches millions of children every day, we stand ready to support CMCH’s work to highlight these vital issues in the new Digital Wellness Guide. It is essential reading for practitioners and parents, especially now.
— Michael Levine, SVP Learning and Impact, Noggin