Childhood Unplugged

Practical Advice to Get Kids Off Screens and Find Balance

Screens are everywhere. Kids spend an average of 7.5 hours on digital devices daily with profoundly negative consequences. Childhood Unplugged takes a bold approach to regulating children’s use of digital media, suggesting more time spent offline will benefit their resilience, independence, and family relationships.

By: Katherine Johnson Martinko

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Ditch the devices and bring back the magic of being a kid

Screens are everywhere. Children spend an average of 7.5 hours on digital devices every day with profoundly negative consequences. While some tech may “amplify” real-life experience, the vast majority undermines it by limiting physical activity, creating anxiety, or damaging self-esteem. Childhood Unplugged takes a bold approach to creating healthy boundaries around the use of digital media.

Drawing on her own family’s experience, plus interviews with digital minimalists, educators, and child development experts, Katherine Martinko presents:

  • Meticulously researched analysis of the impacts of excessive screen time on children’s physical, neurological, emotional, and social development
  • Specific pathways to reduced screen exposure, naturally leading to more time spent outdoors, increased confidence and empathy, and more creative and active play
  • Inspiration for caregivers overwhelmed by the thought of severing ties with the digital babysitter
  • Age-appropriate advice for parents of babies and toddlers, school-aged children, and adolescents.

Taking a calming, nonjudgmental approach, Childhood Unplugged is a lifeline for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone who questions the role of digital media and yearns for the young people in their life to experience the profound beauty and magic of childhood.


  • FINALIST | 2023 Foreword INDIES Awards: Family & Relationships

About The Author(s)

Katherine Martinko is an editor and writer with a decade of experience in digital news publishing. She was a senior editor at Treehugger, an internationally respected environmental lifestyle site. Katherine previously wrote for Discovery Network’s Parentables website and maintained a popular parenting blog. Many of the thousands of articles she has written over the years explore the importance of raising “offline” kids, teaching them to become resilient and independent, and being wary of the profound effects of too much screen time on developing brains. Katherine is an honors graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied English and history. She speaks four languages, is a classically trained violinist, an award-winning public speaker, and a community leader who spearheaded a major refugee resettlement effort in her own small town. Katherine lives with her husband and three children in Port Elgin, Ontario. 

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Book Awards

FINALIST | 2023 Foreword INDIES Awards: Family & Relationships

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865719828

Page Count: 176

Dimensions: 7.5 × 9 × 0.8 in

Publication Date: July 11, 2023

Audiobook Narrator: Katherine Johnson Martinko

Audiobook Length: 5:41:12

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