Simple Ways to Reduce Screen Time at Home!

Sometimes it's challenging for parents to control the amount of time their kids spend on their electronic devices, so here are some helpful tips to do so at home:

Create a Schedule.

Make a schedule of the shows or series your family enjoys. This way, you simply turn on your TVs when the shows are on and turn them off afterward. It's a simple way to make sure that you and your family are only watching the television shows that you want to watch and not just any show that comes on. You can do the same to control the amount of time kids spend on their mobile devices and computers, by giving them specific hours in which they can use them.

Afterschool Activity List.

Watching TV is the main afterschool activity for most kids, but there are many ways they can entertain themselves that don't involve phones, tablets or other electronic devices. Create a top 10 list of activities like roller skating, reading a book, playing soccer, walking the dog, and post this list in a place where everyone can see it.

Enjoy your meals.

There is a time and place for everything and eating is not the exception. Use mealtime as a reason to put away all screens. Take advantage of this time to talk about your day or even plan what activity you will do as a family when you are done eating. Make of breakfast, lunch, and dinner a bonding experience!

Bedrooms are for sleeping.

If there are TVs and computers inside your kid's bedrooms, it's a good idea to take them out. Children who have TVs in their room spend almost one and a half hours more each day watching them than those who don't.
By doing this, not only can you reduce screen time, but it's also easier to keep an eye on what they are watching or browsing.

Set an example.

Did you know that according to a new study from the security software company AVG, 54% of kids age eight to thirteen complain that their parents check their screens too often? It's understandable that nowadays it's sometimes necessary to have to look at our phones, but as parents, we should be an example for the little ones.
It's time to set down our electronics for a while, spend quality time, engage in conversations with our children, and make everlasting memories as a family!

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