You might think that allowing your kids to have screen time makes you a terrible mom or that spending some of the day staring at a screen makes you a bad mom, but you know what? Neither of those things is accurate, not if you have a good balance anyway. You see, screen time can be perfect for us all in a whole host of ways.

1. Learning Made Fun

Let’s kick things off by talking about the educational benefits. Long gone are the days when learning was confined to the four walls of a classroom or the pages of a textbook. Today, there are apps, websites, and platforms that turn learning into an interactive adventure. Kids can master everything from algebra to Mandarin through gamified learning apps that make the process engaging and fun. And it’s not just for kids—adults can expand their horizons with language apps, online courses, and more. Who said screen time can’t be productive?

2. Fostering Creativity

Screen time often gets branded as something that will zap your creativity the second you switch on, but is that really true? Think about the last time you scrolled through Pinterest or watched a DIY video, and you will probably see that it is not. You will see that screen time can actually be a jumping off point to help you come up with new ideas, whether it’s a new color scheme for your home or a cute DIY Halloween costume you can make for the kids 

3. Connecting the Dots Globally

Remember pen pals? Well, in the digital age, your pals can be just a click away. Screens bridge the geographical divide, allowing us to connect, share, and collaborate with people all over the world, which is certainly something we would have had a much harder time doing before. Family video calls, virtual meetings, and multiplayer gaming sessions bring us closer to our loved ones and communities no matter where they are in the world. In this way, screen time helps maintain and strengthen relationships, making our big world a little smaller.

4. Enhancing Accessibility

For many, screens are more than just a convenience; they are a necessary tool for navigation and communication. Assistive technologies provide accessibility features that empower individuals with disabilities to interact more fully with the world. Screen-based text-to-speech programs, sign language apps, and customizable accessibility settings in devices help enhance the quality of life for many people.

5. Mental Health and Mindfulness

Yes, you read that right. Screen time can also be a gateway to mindfulness and mental wellness. Meditation apps like Headspace guide you through mindfulness exercises and stress-relieving techniques right at your fingertips. There are also online therapy services that bring professional counseling to those who might not otherwise seek it out due to stigma or logistics.

6. Keeping You Informed

Let’s face it, staying informed is more important than ever, and screens are key players in keeping us updated. From breaking news alerts on our phones to in-depth analysis on our tablets, staying informed helps us make better decisions about our lives and our communities. Whether it’s a quick glance at the headlines or a deep dive into documentary viewing, screens keep us connected to the pulse of the world.

7. The Fitness Coach in Your Pocket

Who needs an expensive personal trainer when you have fitness apps? Whether you’re into yoga, pilates, or hardcore cardio, there’s an app to guide you through it. Can’t get the kids to exercise as much as you would like? Download Pokemon Go, and they’ll be off hunting monsters and getting lots of exercise in the process before you know it!

8. Entertainment Unlimited

After a long day, sometimes all you want to do is relax and unwind, and screens can be perfect for that. Streaming services offer movies, TV shows, music, and podcasts at the touch of a button. Whether you’re into horror movies, cooking shows, or true crime podcasts, there’s something for everyone. And let’s be honest, binge-watching your favorite series can be the perfect way to decompress.

9. A Portal to the Past

Nostalgia is just a click away with screens. Want to relive your childhood through old cartoons or revisit your favorite music videos from high school? Maybe you want to try and beat minesweeper for old time’s sake? Screens allow you to travel back in time, bringing back memories and feelings with vintage media and retro games.

10. A Learning Tool for Critical Thinking

Navigating the vast amount of content available online teaches us to be discerning and critical. By evaluating sources, comparing information, and engaging with diverse viewpoints, screen time becomes an exercise in critical thinking.

11. Skill Development

Screen time can be instrumental in developing new skills. From online coding tutorials to virtual cooking classes, the digital world offers a plethora of resources that cater to varied interests and professional development needs, turning leisurely screen time into an opportunity for growth and skill enhancement.

12. Cultivating Digital Literacy

Kids these days (and adults too) need to know how to use technology if they are to get ahead in life, so by denying them any screen time at all, this could be a problem for their future success.

13. Encouraging Reading and Writing

Though often overlooked, many screen activities involve reading and writing. Whether it’s following storyline text in video games, reading eBook novels, or participating in online forums, these activities can enhance literacy and comprehension skills. Furthermore, blogging or contributing to online discussions can improve writing skills and boost confidence in expressing oneself.

14. Promoting Problem-Solving Skills

Video games and certain apps are designed to tackle complex problems or strategize under pressure, which enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Games like strategy simulations or even classic puzzles on screens require players to think ahead, manage resources, and develop tactics—skills that are valuable in both personal and professional contexts.

15. Supporting Remote Learning

One thing that screens can do is enable us all to learn from anywhere in the world, via the medium of virtual classrooms. This may not always be a big deal, but in times of crisis (as we learned during the pandemic) or if your child is not suited to a regular school, it can be a godsend.

16. Enabling Artistic Pursuits

Suppose you or your kids are budding artists. In that case, you might think that paper and paint, and not a tablet and stylus, are what’s needed to encourage artistic development, and sure that could be the case, but digital arts are getting bigger and bigger, and more in demand, so screen time really can be a tool for the artist.

17. Facilitating Musical Exploration

For music enthusiasts, screen time can be spent exploring and creating music too. Apps and software like GarageBand or Fruity Loops allow users to compose, edit, and produce music tracks from their own homes with the minium of equipment. Meanwhile, platforms like Spotify and YouTube make discovering new genres and artists easier than ever, broadening musical tastes and knowledge.

18. Strengthening Family Bonds

This might surprise you, but screen time, when done right, can actually bring the whole family together. Sure, if everyone is off using their own individual device in a different part of the room, it could cause isolation within the family, but if you get involved in a fairy Minecraft session or watch a movie together every weekend, it will bond you, and it will show your kids that you care about what they care about right?

19. Assisting People with Disabilities

If you or one of your family members has a disability, then you may well find that screens are a gamechanger that enables them to fully participate in the world around them. Assistive technologies on screens, for example, can make it possible for people with speech issues to communicate more effectively, or for individuals who are hard of hearing to be able to join a conversation with more clarity. This is where technology is truly amazing.

So, screens may not be so bad after all. Just be sure to set limits, not only for the kids but also for yourself!