no. 45 – The Screentime Limits Episode

kid holding cell phone

Ever wondered how tech execs handle making decisions about screentime limits with their kids? Do they view technology differently in their own homes?

Note: This episode was recorded and finalized prior to the new iOS 12 release by Apple, which includes “Screen Time.” According to Apple “Screen Time also gives parents access to their child’s Activity Report right from their own iOS devices using Family Sharing in iCloud, and allows them to schedule times to limit when a child’s iOS device can be used, such as during bedtime.” Because this feature is such an important addition to the screentime limits and controls parents have available, I will be producing a follow up to this episode to discuss setting up and using Screen Time on Apple devices. For a quick-reference guide to get started now, visit this post by Wait Until 8th.  


As unmillennials many of us vividly remember our first cell phones because we were adults or darn-near-it by the time we got one. But our children came into the world with access to hand-held technology at their fingertips day or night. As parents, we find ourselves in the unique position of parenting a generation of digital natives and navigating — without a guide — when and how to tell them to turn it off and tune it out.

So what happens when the folks who made all of this technology possible — the movers and shakers of the tech world — find themselves making those same decisions with their kids? Do they handle it differently than we do? What limits do they place or not place in their own homes?

In today’s episode, NBC News writer Elizabeth Chuck shares with us what she learned when asking just these very questions to leaders in the tech field in researching this recent article. What she found may surprise you. In this episode we discuss:

  • The reality that tech parents in many ways struggle on topics like screentime limits as much as the rest of us
  • The wide range of tactics and limits tech execs use in their homes
  • The balance of wanting kids to embrace and master technology while avoiding the pitfall of being a slave to the cell
  • How parenting kids in a world filled with screen requires more than simply saying “NO”

To end the show, I’m following up on another new series I’m loving these days on Amazon — Jack Ryan. As a follow up to the show’s sponsorship with Audible (and my recommendation to grab a copy of a Jack Ryan book from Audible for free by signing up at, I’m recommending you either consider reading or watching… either way … enjoy a bit more Jack Ryan. The storyline is that good (and I’m acknowledging I am perhaps the last human on Earth who hasn’t read a Tom Clancy book!)

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