Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and hybrid and distance learning models, many children are incorporating more screen time into their school day. That’s why it’s more important than ever to scale back the utilization of electronics the remainder of the day. So I am here with very easy Tips to help you limit your children’s screen time.
While screens are a part of today’s culture, there are health benefits associated with reducing screen time. Reducing screen time leads to improve physical health, decrease obesity and longer to play and explore. This is often very true for youngsters spending considerable time learning on computers and tablets. It’s important to use break times to urge in some physical activity.
Limiting screen time also helps parents keep a closer eye on what their children are experiencing on social media and the internet.
While more research is needed to fully understand the effects screen time levels have on kids, parents are not off the hook. Screen time affects adults the same as children. Too much screen time puts everyone at risk of obesity, and it’s linked with sleep disturbances and can affect relationships.
For kids, especially teens, there are studies concerning the negative effects of screen time and its relationship to anxiety, depression and attention span.
These 6 tips can help you trim your children’s screen time when not in school:
Keep Your Child’s Bedroom Screen-Free
You won’t be able to monitor your child’s screen use if they are able to use devices out of your sight.3 For this reason, you might want to make it a rule that TVs, video game systems, and computers are not allowed in your child’s bedroom. This also includes handheld devices that your kids might be tempted to use late at night, which could interfere with their sleep.
Encourage Other Activities. And provide the necessary resources (books to read, board games, art supplies, and/or sporting equipment).
Play with Your Kids. Get down on the floor with your kids and pick up a doll, truck, or ball. It takes intentionality and selfless love when they are 6. But when they turn 13, you’ll be glad you did.
Be Involved in Their Lives. For many parents, it is just easier to turn on the television than to actually be involved in the lives of their children. But those intimate life details are required for successful parenting. So observe, listen, ask, and parent.
Cut off their screen time
If your kids are spending a lot of leisure time on screens, including watching TV, start by setting smaller, more attainable goals. Instead of jumping right to the recommended one to two hours or less per day, start by cutting their current screen time in half.
Put hand-held devices away.
During screen-free hours, put devices away or at a charging station in a common area so they’re not attracting your kids’ attention.
Create phone-free zones in the home.
Making family meal areas a phone-free zone is an easy way to start.
Putting down the phone and taking a walk or playing outdoors increases your endorphins and provides that feeling of happiness in your brain, boosting your mood and improving your physical health.