Quality Screen Time for Kids Does Actually Exist

By Marté J. Matthews, LMFT


Let’s face it, our kids are going to have more screen time than we are ordinarily comfortable with. We are in a global pandemic, trying to get some work done to keep our workplaces afloat through this crisis. The kids are going to be on their devices. But that doesn’t have to mean that they are watching endless hours of worthless videos.

What else is there? I’m glad you asked!


Child & Family Counseling Group is now offering story reading on our website! Throughout the shelter in place order, we invite you to come join us to hear new stories and poetry for children. The format is simple: one of our therapists will read a story, just like we were in the same room with your child.




In addition to CFCG story time, maybe you and the kids want more fun and worthwhile programs. There IS quality programming out there on the web. No time to find it? No problem! We started the search for you:


  • Storyline Online offers free picture books & story books read by Hollywood actors from the SAG-AFTRA foundation: https://www.storylineonline.net/

  • Magic Keys offers a free library of story books & picture books to read online, some available with audio: http://www.magickeys.com/books/

  • Free Children’s Stories offers free original stories for children of different ages: https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

  • Sesame Street in Communities You can answer a handful of questions to be directed to helpful reading, activities and videos made just for children and families like yours: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/

  • Muzzy is a language learning program offered by the BBC in the UK that offers animated stories to teach children a new language: https://www.muzzybbc.com/ The BBC has a discount available currently. Visit the website and look for the light blue banner at the top: Click Here for Special Offer Given School Closings


Ready for more? Additional lists are available from wonderful organizations:


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​If you or your child is currently experiencing a crisis in which anyone is feeling unsafe, please contact:

Uplift Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis at 408-379-9085
Alum Rock Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis at 408-294-0579
Suicide & Crisis Hotline at 855-278-4204

 

In case of life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Other resources for help in a crisis

Bill Wilson Center SOS Crisis Hotline 408-278-2585
BWC’s SOS Crisis Hotline is a specialized line answering calls 24/7 from parents, teachers, and community support persons for children and youth who are experiencing an immediate behavioral or mental health escalation or crisis. They provide an urgent phone or in-person response to help de-escalate and stabilize the situation.

Domestic Violence 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
https://www.thehotline.org/help/
Advocates are available 24/7 in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline (800) 931-2237
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline
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Helpline Chat hours are Monday-Thursday from 9AM to 9PM ET and Friday 9AM to 5PM ET.
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National Parent Helpline:  1-855-427-2736

24/7 Teenline for Youth: 1-888-247-7717

Santa Clara County Mobile Crisis Response (for adults in crisis) 1-800-704-0900

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