How Shared Screen Time Can Help Spark Tough Conversations with Teens
Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, FAAP
June 5, 2018
I recently asked my tween daughter to watch one of my favorite childhood movies with me. It was Friday night, we had the popcorn ready, and the credits began to roll for “Pretty in Pink.” I’ll admit, I was pretty darn excited to share my love for ‘80s soundtracks and big hair with my daughter.
But as a parent, adolescent medicine physician and researcher, I had another reason for this fun mother-daughter movie night. I was taking a cue from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy that recommends co-viewing mindfully selected media with your kids.
The idea is to help younger children understand what they are seeing and apply what they learn to the world around them, but co-viewing also is a good way to spark important conversations with older children and teens. Throughout the movie, there were timeless coming-of-age themes such as popularity at school, bullying, and pressure to have sex. We talked a lot--both during and after the movie.