Summer means popsicles and sprinklers, bike rides to the park and fresh strawberries. It also can mean a lot of free time. And sometimes, more free time also means letting the kids watch more tv or play more videogames. That’s where this new initiative, Keeping Check in Tech, from Cricket Media comes in.

With the tagline “It’s a balance, not a ban,” Keeping Tech in Check is meant to provide parents with tools to help balance and manage screen time.

The website is free, and offers activities and resources from the youngest kids on up to adults. Sample content includes stories from Cricket’s magazines, printables, recipes, science experiments, games and lots more to keep kids busy. You can also just take a spin through the random activity generator if you want to take a chance.

Many of these are activities that you can do right at home. For instance, check out their downloadable Backyard Explorer Nature Notebook. You don’t have to go far to find birds, animals, plants, interesting smells and textures. This free notebook can help guide you.

There are also resources for us adults, including a media calculator and media use tool from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Of course, you can always check the PDX Parent Kids Calendar for ideas to get out of the house!

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