Some 'old-fashioned' parents see screen time of all kinds as bad for kids - like junk food for their brains. Honestly I would put myself in that category. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 2 hours or less of screen time per day. I control screen time for my two kids like it is potentially lethal. One of my girls has to earn her screen time in 5 minute increments each day. There is a timer at our house dedicated to tracking screen time. Just imagine the damage to their developing minds if they spent an extra minute or two looking at a screen - TV, computer, or handheld game.
And then I think of my classroom where I lavish 40 or 45 minutes of screen time on my students just for showing up! There is a real disconnect here!
I know that unsupervised, unrestricted screen time can be bad for kids (and adults for that matter). There is inane, even violent and offensive content available to kids. I don't think that 45 minutes of Mario Kart is necessarily the best way to spend time, but is that equivalent to 45 minutes on FossWeb or reading a book on TumbleBooks? We need to start thinking about the quality of the content and encourage our kids to make good choices with their screen time.