Have you taken the ‘#ScreenTime’ Challenge?

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — National Screen Free Week is between April 29 and May 5, but some parents find it a daily battle to get their kids to unplug. 

On Friday, May 3, Diane Sawyer is airing a two-hour special report on screen time and how families can limit technology with their kids.

To coincide with the special, ABC is encouraging people to take part in the ‘#ScreenTime Challenge’ by taking a look at how many hours they spend on their phone a week, and post what they would do with their time if they could get an hour back. 

Syracuse mom Dena Gelewski diligently works to find a balance around technology with her three kids, but it isn’t always easy, especially when she has to play ‘bad cop’ and take away the x-box. 

“I said to him ‘when we figure out certain boundaries and guidelines more than we already have, we’ll reconnect it,'” said Gelewski. 

It’s tough love, but Dr. Christopher Lucas with SUNY Upstate calls necessary. “Some of the addictive behaviors are really about the need for reinforcement,” he said. 

Lucas suggests monitoring how often your kids are on their phones and tablets, and what sites they are using. He warns that technology can impact self-esteem, social interactions, and even lead to aggression. 

For more on the ‘#ScreenTime Challenge,” click here.

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