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Digital draw

Family therapist Robert Pressman, who studies the influence of screen time and home dynamics on kids’ ability to learn, is looking for parents to take his survey.

We ran two studies between 2011 and 2013, and findings strongly suggested that the more screen time children have, the lower their grades. Now we’re looking to connect those dots about homework, screen time, routines, parenting styles, and more. We’re using the technology we’ve become concerned about to get the information: Parents can fill out a 10-minute survey at

We believe there is going to be a negative correlation between the amount of screen time and grades, how a child gets along with others, and psychological factors. The other thing that will be important is parenting style. What will help children be successful, without parent intervention, eventually? We believe authoritative parenting, which sets up rules but does not micromanage, is far better than parents who have to sit on [their child] to get homework done.

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