32 – All about screen time and technology for our kids (and us!) with Dr Billy Garvey, developmental paediatrician

this week We welcome Dr Billy Garvey back to the podcast to share his wisdom on all things screen time and technology – spoiler alert – there is definitely no screen shaming here!

Billy is a developmental paediatrician with nearly 20 years experience working with children in a number of settings. His clinical and research interests include child development and mental health, multidisciplinary collaboration, improving health literacy and promoting community engagement to support all families. Billy holds clinical, advocacy and research roles in government and not-for-profit organizations at a national, state and local level. He is currently undertaking a PhD piloting a model to support child emotional and behavioural development in primary schools and is a Churchill Fellow exploring how social media can be used to support parenting.

He is also the co-founder and co-host of an excellent podcast – Pop Culture Parenting, which aims support child development and wellbeing using evidence in a meaningful, fun and realistic way. Definitely check it out!

In this podcast we chat to Billy about:

  • What the use of screens does to our children’s brains

  • When is the best age to start using screens and how to manage different aged siblings in the house

  • Whether or not we should set time limits for screen time, and how to make it work for our family

  • The role that the size of the device and type of show being watched plays

  • How to end screen time without meldowns

  • and so much more!

Dr Billy is an absolute wealth of knowledge is so generous with his wisdom. He also shares so much that can benefits families with children of all ages and stages, as well as adults too – we highly recommend you tune in!

You can connect with Billy on Instagram as well as on his podcast (which you can listen to HERE)

Listen to episode 32 HERE


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