How to Monitor Your Children's Screen Time
If you are like many parents, you find that handing your child a phone, tablet, or another device will help to get them entertained and out of your hair, at least for a little while. While this is a solution that may seem practical at the moment, it may also have a lasting, negative impact on your children through the years. However, as a parent, there are some tips you can use to create a healthy balance that ensures your child can enjoy screen time without overdoing it.
There is no question that this is the digital era and that technology is everywhere. While this is true, it is up to you to control your child or children. Use the tips here to achieve that goal.
Create a Schedule
Creating a schedule of when your child can and cannot be on electronic devices is a great way to gain control over the situation. It will also ensure that your child’s time is being managed wisely. You need to make sure you are putting a priority on certain activities, such as socializing, physical activity, homework, and sleep. You can then decide how much screen time is appropriate for your child. There is even an IoT platform you can use to help control how long devices are on and in use, so consider looking into this technology.
According to experts, it is important for children between the ages of two and five to have no more than an hour of screen time per day. For children over the age of six, set limits should be established for screen time to ensure it does not become excessive.
Get the Child Involved with Other Activities
Find things that your child can do without being attached to a screen. While this may seem challenging in some situations, it is good for you and for your child. Consider building puzzles, coloring, playing outside, playing a board game, reading, or something else. These are just a few examples of activities that your child can participate in when they have some free time. Another great way to keep your kids busy is by letting them help with cleaning and cooking activities. Not only is this a great way to teach them responsibility, but also to teach them important life skills.
Keep Track of What’s Going On
Parents, teachers, and schools need to remain aware of all the threats that go along with the use of technology. There are more than a few apps that can actually track how a child uses social media, the texts they send, and more. You can use other apps to ensure inappropriate information is blocked and that will limit the amount of time spent on certain websites.
Have “Off Limits” Areas for Technology
If you create “off-limit” areas for technology, it will be easier to enforce getting off devices. This can include the car, dining room, etc. Be sure that everyone follows the established rule, not just children. This is going to help everyone live in the moment and it will eventually become natural for your child.
Set a Good Example
As mentioned above, when it comes to monitoring your child’s screen time, make sure you are setting a good example. This means that you aren’t on your phone or another smart device too much. If you are always on electronic devices, your child will want to follow suit and do the same thing. By setting a good example, you can show your child there are other things to do and ways to have fun than to just stay on electronic devices.
Being informed and knowing what to do is the best way to ensure that the desired results are achieved. You can improve your child’s life by taking these steps and ensure they are not becoming too involved with electronic worlds that don’t really exist. Be sure you set your own rules and stick to them for the best results.