The newspapers and TV talking heads bleat about how we need to reduce screen time for kids as if we’re raising a generation of blobs that can only communicate via clicks and emoji. As level-headed (most of the time) parents, we know that there are a LOT of positives that come with online activity – numeracy and literacy development included.
Technology isn’t a bad thing, but when it comes to parenting things can get tricky. There’s a line when it definitely becomes too much of a good thing and our kids’ eyes glaze opaque as they begin to fight over the iPad.
If too much tech has become a thing in your house and you’re looking for ways to reduce screen time for kids, here are some practical and NON-PREACHY solutions that just might save your wacon. (That’s bacon delivered via Wifi)
Parental Control Apps
There are a number of parental control apps available in the Apple Store that will assist you with monitoring and limiting what your kids can access and how long they can access it for. You can place these applications on your child’s iPhone, tablet or device as well. Potentially the best idea here is to search the above terms and see what appeals to you in terms of price and function.
If that kind of ‘big brother’ control is somewhat at odds with your parenting philosophy, there are a number of other options you can use.
Screen time is permissible if timed. You can use an egg timer, the oven timer or even a timer on your phone. Once it goes off, the screen goes off with it. It may sound simple and is sure to cause a few tears at first but this is a basic option that can quickly become habit.
The Tech Zone
Limit screen time usage to one particular room in the house. Your best bet is the kitchen or the living room (high traffic areas). Children are not to have their screen time in their bedrooms and particularly not with the door shut.
What you’ll find with this is not only does it limit the risk of them engaging in anything inappropriate or spending way too long, but there’ll be the knock on impact of you being able to help safeguard against insidious cyber bullying. You may also (gasp) get to have an actual human conversation with them. If you’ve got teens, you’ll know that’s a rarity!
Tips To Reduce Screen Time – Got Any That Work?
Anything worked or not worked in your house? Let us know in the comments and share that parenting gold! It’s a digital jungle out there!
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