What Are Ways to Effectively Limit Screen Time for Kids?
Being in this digital age, it is undeniable that gadgets and screens are all part of our daily lives. But, there are ways in which we can help limit the children’s extensive use of devices, which includes the following:
Create a screen time schedule for everyone to follow
Before anything else, it is important to plan out how the days go by not only for your kids but also for the whole family as well. When the kids see that their parents are also living by their words, they are more likely to follow through with the schedule consistently.
You may start by following and setting these few rules of thumb in your household:
- No gadgets during mealtime
- Take away the screens one hour before bedtime
Spend time as a family
During screen downtime, you may take the opportunity to do things as a family, such as playing board games, puzzle making, or even baking cookies.
Aside from limiting screen time, activities could also encourage the members of the family to engage and catch up with each other. It could promote a room for both entertainment and socialization to take place.
Designate a screen-free zone in the house
Having electronic devices in the bedroom might disrupt sleep. Put all the devices in one place before going to bed. This is to make sure your child would not reach for the moment they wake up or right before the time they should sleep and rest.
Bedrooms should be regarded as areas for rest and sleep, so it’s best to make sure that it happens.
Find new hobbies for them to try
Put devices away and try new things! Encourage your child to engage in physical activities like sports, or even through making music and art. Children like participating in activities, especially when you introduce it to them at a young age.
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