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Screen Time

In our house we have what we call “No Screen” times.  It means no DSi, no television, no iPad, no computer, and no anything else with a screen. It’s becoming an issue even with my 10, 8, and 6 year old; so I know it’s a BIG issue with the teenagers in my life.  (CLICK on the image to make it BIGGER.)


Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Nathan Hart · June 18, 2012

    Jonathan, I recently attended an event in which a school headmaster talked about the wonders of iPad learning.  Her school gave iPads to all of its pupils, and most of their classroom and homework time was spent in front of that screen.

    There was something in me that strongly rejected the entire notion, but I’m not sure precisely why.  The higher potential for distraction is an obvious answer.  But what else?  Can you speak to this?  Why is screen time inherently not as good for us as “no screen” time?


    • Starr · June 19, 2012

      Nathan, I have the same reaction.  Screens = Bad.  I can’t eloquently explain it. Maybe because when my kids are on screens they are sitting quietly?  But when off screens they are talkative, active, and imaginative?  I also notice that they want to discuss non-screen time activites; they will tell me about what transpires when they meet friends up the street, talk about books they’re reading, or brag about a neighborhood baseball game triumph….but they rarely get off the computer and tell me about the game they played.  Even if it’s a “learning” game, that’s great but it’s not relational.  Interesting.  Can’t define the same nagging “screens are bad” feeling with concrete statement of fact.  But I share your concern!