Facebook CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, 35, was faced with an interesting question during an interview with Dana Perino of Fox News. The tech-savvy father-of-two was asked how he regulates screen-time in terms of his two daughters: August, 2 and Maxima, 3. Given his place in the technology world, his response was rather shocking.
Zuckerberg explained in the interview that, although their worlds are very caught up in the latest advancements in technology, he and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, do provide limits to the amount of screen-time their daughters get on a daily basis. Zuckerberg says that he disagrees with putting his children in front of the television or computer for long periods of time, especially given their age.
That being said, he says there are certainly exceptions, explaining that the use of Portal, a Facebook-led video chat, has been great for his children to communicate with family who live far away. Zuckerberg doesn't classify video-chatting with the negative connotations of "screen-time" because it helps develop relationships with people who may not otherwise get to speak with them regularly. "I think that [it's] wonderful and I think all the research would generally support [it]," Zuckerberg says in the interview.
Although Zuckerberg admits that keeping his children away from the television and computer for long periods of time will probably get harder as they get older, he's hopeful they will have childhoods that don't consist mainly of screens.
In another interview, with NBC Nightly News, Zuckerberg stated that his only goal is that, at the end of the day, his girls are proud of their dad. "I want to know that when my girls grow up, that they're going to be able to say that their dad made the world better and stood up for what he believed in," he said.
In addition to fighting the direction society is taking in terms of screen-time during childhood, Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan are also working very hard on an initiative, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, to fund the integration of "social-emotional learning into early childhood literacy lessons." Working with The Primary School and Sesame Workshop, the pair hopes to create a curriculum to enhance early-learning literacy.