“As a teacher of seventeen years and mom of thirteen years, I found the information in this book very beneficial. A lot of research that helps one understand what the brain is doing as it connects to technology is included.”
—Barb Meinert, 4th Grade Teacher, St. Hubert School
“Judy Stoffel’s book should prompt every mom or dad to re-evaluate household norms. Her practical, bold tips will motivate change.”
—Anne Carraux, Mother of four
“The beauty of this book is that Judy Stoffel presents not only the pros and cons of the pervasive screen presence in our lives but does not leave the reader there.”
—Denise Westerhaus, Mother of nine
“[Ms. Stoffel’s] family media plan is realistic and very straightforward; it should be an objective for every family to put a media plan in place.”
—Mary Thomas, Elementary Education Teacher
“I applaud Ms. Stoffel for acknowledging all the amazing benefits of our devices and also showing us the cost we are paying for this connectivity.”
—Tamara Sather, High School Teacher
“[Ms. Stoffel] reminds us what parents know intellectually and intuitively: a healthy life is one that is relational.”
—Kathie Brown, Principal of Holy Family Catholic High School, Recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award
“I commend Judy Stoffel for shining a light on the ever-growing problem of ‘text neck’, which is often not even thought of when addressing our technology problems in our children.”
—Dr. Aaron Morland, Owner and Practitioner of Valeo Health and Wellness Center
“It’s impossible to achieve outstanding results if we are distracted by our devices. This book offers great solutions to achieve a healthy balance in your life and the lives of your children.”
—Anne Loughrey, founder of “Been There, Read That” blog, Certified Public Accountant, working mother of three
“An absolute must-read for every parent!”
—Tiffany McIntosh, Parenting Instructor, Former Middle School Teacher, and mother of four
“Judy presents practical solutions that will empower any family striving to ‘look up’ more!”
—Nate Pitner, M.D., Ph.D.
“Powerful, practical, and solid advice on the impact screens are having on our children’s brains and bodies. Judy Stoffel’s research and expertise will make you challenge the status quo and change the way you think about your devices.”
—Joy Hanson Fischer, LICSW
“Timely and important!”
—Stephanie Johnson, author of Baby Bare: A Bottom-Up Approach to Growing Strong Brains and Bodies
“The author has compiled a great deal of research. I especially liked the solutions chapter—so many good ideas to get started.”
—Mary Welch, Retired School Teacher, 40 years’ experience
“I am glad to see Judy’s call to action for digital citizenship. It is up to us to begin to teach our children what skills, purpose, and boundaries are necessary as they learn to use technology.”
—Michele Strasz, Catalyst for Action Consultants, 2019
“This book is very well-written [. . .] I plan to recommend #LookUp to all my parents.”
—Amy Lindahl, Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher K-2
Hello, my name is Judy Stoffel, welcome to my website! If you took a minute to stop at this site, I can see you take your parenting role seriously and I applaud your initiative to get educated on the effects of kids using screens. The rapid penetration of screen time in our kids’ lives kind of snuck up on us and put us in a reactionary mode. Time to be proactive and make sound decisions regarding the use of screens in our own homes.
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends every parent works with their pediatrician to develop a family media plan? How many of you have plans in place for your own children? We need to be just as diligent with our parental involvement in our children’s virtual environment as we do their real environment. Kids need and expect limits. This is a huge undertaking and will take intentional effort to ensure our children lead a balanced life of family time, school time, screen time, sleep, exercise, and downtime.
Not sure where to turn? First stop should be my book, you need to arm yourself with the latest research to explain the “why” behind your decisions to your children as they mature. I also lay out 50 recommended solutions to get you started with your family media plan. As a bonus, I include the actual media plan for my high school son for an example.
Next, log into HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan which has an amazing interactive tool sponsored by the AAP to develop your media use plan. Another great resource is Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org which contains reviews about age-appropriate apps, games and programs to help you make the best decisions for your children.
I promise to update this website as new research is being released on the effect screens have on our children. If you see a great article, reach out to me at email@example.com, I welcome your leads and feedback.
I pray you find #LookUp an insightful read that leaves your energized to take action and get going on that Family Media Plan. This is a problem born in Silicon Valley, but it can be solved in your own house one day at a time. I have total faith in you Moms and Dads out there, I am cheering you on and know that you got this!
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
“I want to live my life, not record it.”
“If you’re bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.”