by Rebecca Farley
I was never going to be a parent who fretted about screen time. After a decade working in various university media studies departments, I was pretty jaded about the dire warnings regularly dripping into the public domain.

For a start, media consumption has always worried someone. In the 1700s, novels were supposed to inflame the senses; newspapers fed "lurid tastes"; movies would terrify gullible people; Batman made boys gay; rock’n’roll was lewd; my generation’s brains were "rotted" by television. Et cetera.

Such fears help powerful groups justify controlling access to media: authorities (doctors, aristocrats, teachers, parents) are forever condemning some dreadful text adored by weak-minded "subordinates" (workers, women, POC, children) and calling for restrictions.

And children are the worst. For 200 years, adults have painted them as our opposites in every way: vulnerable, tasteless, and irresponsible. Parents were morally obliged to protect them by controlling—well, everything, because whatever they like is harmful. Especially screens. Doctors said so.

Rebecca Farley
Rebecca Farley is a recovering academic. She taught media and cultural studies for ten years and helped edit the journals Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media and Social Semiotics. During that time, she was also busy earning her BA, BA (Hons), and MA from the University of Queensland; a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Portsmouth; and a PhD on play and power from Cardiff University. She is married to a man with an equal number of tertiary qualifications.

None of this, however, prepared her in any way for parenting a pair of bright, intense school-refusers. After six years of daily battle, Rebecca finally accepted that this might be a wiring issue rather than a behavioural one. She now writes about the journey of learning about her kids’ various intensities, remembering her own diagnosed giftedness, finding an online community and a local homeschooling tribe, and readjusting every single last one of her life’s expectations. Rebecca and her family live in Brisbane, Queensland, and none of them have ever overthought anything.

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Screen Time.
By Celi Trépanier, MEd

I know this means computer screen time, but I am old enough to remember when the Wicked Witch of the West for screen time for my kids was the television. The warnings that too much TV would cause mental and physical health issues like changing brain patterns and morphing our children into violent, law-breaking delinquents terrified us. Parents were scared, and they reacted by severely limiting their children's time in front of the television.

And some of us weren't as concerned. We sat with our kids and were as captivated as they were with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teletubbies, and SpongeBob SquarePants. If one unscientific instance of anecdotal evidence is enough for you, I can say my television-loving children all grew up to be responsible, productive, and contributing members of society. Ummm wait, the jury may still be out on my twenty-year-old because together, we watched way too much SpongeBob SquarePants.

In our featured article, GHF Writer Rebecca Farley is pragmatic about screen time. She calms those parental fears about torpedoing our kiddo's futures with too much screen time. She says, "And that, I think, is the crux of it. Every family is different. Wiring, health, mental health, and circumstances (not to mention socioeconomic factors) vary so widely—not just within and between families, but also over time—that blanket guidelines need to be taken with a giant pinch of salt."

A giant pinch of salt—those are wise words.

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By Adeyela Bennett

So, the question I often ask myself about Breanna, in particular, is this: is she isolated at school, and self-identifies as weird because she is one of the few Black students in a predominantly white school, or because of her gifted characteristics?

“Please stop calling me gifted, Mom! Everyone knows that means I’m stupid and weird and useless!” my dear Breanna cried out in utter frustration.

“No, sweetheart. It means you think differently,” I softly explained for the nth time. This time, I tried, quite unsuccessfully, to hold back the flood of tears gushing from my own soul. It is painful seeing my child so frustrated with her own identity as a gifted human being while also experiencing life through the lens of a Black girl-child.

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