Would you like your kids to have a little less ‘screen time’? Here are some handy hints on how to implement just that.
Families will vary with what they consider an appropriate amount of screen time however it is important to set some limits and consider different lengths for different ages. There are always special occasions though!
- Use screen time as a privilege and not a part of a daily routine. Getting your children out of the routine of always going for a screen as a first choice can be difficult but after a couple of days can be mastered.
- Choose times of the day that your home is technology free: The morning times, during meals and maybe one evening a week could be a good starting point. Encourage conversation during mealtimes or organise something fun for the family on the evening.
- Try to get them to see screen time as a choice. They can play outside (weather permitting), read a book, colour or draw, play lego, talk to each other, play a board game as well as screen time. If your family is busy with sports and other activities, they will be less likely to rely on technology.
- The limiting or avoidance of screen time when friends are over or other visitors are in the house will encourage children of all ages to be more sociable as it will give them an opportunity to interact with adults or play with other kids.
- Practice what you preach! remember that your children will watch everything that you do. So be mindful of constantly checking your phone or having the television on in the background.