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Do your kids watch too much TV? Images explore ‘darker side’ of technology

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(June 17, 2015) – Do kids watch too much TV? Brooklyn-based photographer Donna Stevens explores the dark side of our love for technology through a photo series called “Idiot Box.”

Stevens writes:

“TV is just one of the many ever present black mirrors through which we mediate our lives today. Idiot Box hopes to explore the darker side of our love for technology.”

Stevens took pictures of children while they watched their favorite television shows.

She then asks the questions:

“Should we exhibit more caution about the role of technology in our children’s lives? Is our techno-paranoia warranted?  No matter what gadgetry we may possess, do our problems remain human?”

Stevens had permission from the children’s parents to photograph them watching TV. The kids were from her son’s preschool in New York City.

“A couple, maybe one of the kids, smiled during it,” Stevens tells CNN. “Most of the time they were pretty blank.”

Additionally, Stevens tells CNN she doesn’t claim to be an authority on how much screen time a child should get, and she admits children can learn a lot from the shows they watch.

The policy in her house is no TV before 4 p.m.

You can see more of Donna Stevens’ work here and follow her on Instagram.

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