Inspired by the prevalence of technology in society, Los Altos natives Meredith and Dan Parker have written a children’s book about the consequences of screen time.
“As our older daughter started getting a little older and more interested in our phone, we thought, ‘We should get a kid’s book on phone time to educate her about it,’” Meredith said. “We found a lot of parenting books on screen time on how to limit screen time, but nothing in a kid’s version.”
Meredith added that what started as “a fun side project for us to do at night” morphed into the book “From Screen Time to We Time,” published Dec. 1 by Mascot Books. Through rhymes, storytelling and illustrations by Vanessa Alexandre, the book explores the positive and negative consequences of people’s obsession with electronic devices.
The story follows Kaitlyn, a young girl who becomes captivated by a phone. Kaitlyn and her family try to find a balance between spending time in front of a screen and spending time with one another.
“We didn’t want (the book) to be only geared toward the kids,” Dan said. “We wanted the parents to reflect on their use of their screen time as well. At the end of the book, we have some tips for parents about how to limit screen time, use it appropriately, and some ideas that we thought would be helpful (for) enjoying more family time together.”
The Parkers, who now live in San Carlos, said writing “From Screen Time to We Time” encouraged them to explore their creativity, and they hope the book helps families manage how much time they spend with their electronic devices.
“From Screen Time to We Time” is available for purchase at mascotbooks.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other booksellers.