"Turn That Off And Play With Me!" -- A Children’s Book on Balanced Screen and Media Time Management for Children…and Parents!

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Dr. Michael Oberschneider authors a timely book that holds children and parents accountable for excessive screen and media time use.

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Screens should serve to compliment our children's lives and not dominate them.

“Turn That Off And Play With Me!” is a children’s book that addresses screen and media time management, but unlike other children’s books on the topic, this one tackles the subject as a family problem and not simply a child’s.

“Turn That Off And Play With Me!" is the story of a little boy who cannot find anyone in his family who wants to play with him – sadly, his father, mother and older siblings are all engaged in some sort of screen related activity that they are unwilling to break away from. This eventually upsets the boy, and everyone comes together to resolve the issue; the end message being that we all need to be responsible for how we manage our screen and media time usage alongside our relationships and responsibilities.

Dr. Michael Oberschneider, the book's author, purposely wrote the book as a problem for a family and not simply for a child. "We live in such a plugged in society these days that it is important for us all to be aware of our own screen time behavior because it can impact our important relationships," says Dr. Oberschneider. He adds, “As parents, modelling healthy screen time is essential since our children look to us to understand how to behave." Dr. Oberschneider believes that screen time can play a very positive role in our children's lives educationally and socially, but he holds the position that screens should serve to compliment our children's lives and not dominate them.

And while there is plenty of research on the topic of excessive screen time for children and teens and the negative impact it can have – obesity, ADHD, learning problems and emotional and social problems – Dr. Oberschneider asserts that there has not been much of a focus on what children learn in the home and how that affects them later when it comes to their screen time behaviors.

“Turn That Off And Play With Me!” is a lovely story and message with beautiful illustrations. Dr. Oberschneider offers some helpful pointers on how to manage screen and media time for children at the end of the book in his "Note to Parents."

"Turn That Off And Play With Me!" is a children's book that would make a nice gift for the holidays for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years of age.

"Turn That Off And Play With Me!" is available on Amazon and at select locations.

Dr. Michael Oberschneider is the Founder and Director of Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services. The practice is comprised of child and adult psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and therapists and serves clients throughout Northern Virginia.

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