5 Tips to Reduce Screen Time


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Although I’m a very techy person myself, I firmly believe that kids should be able to find a balance between technology and real life – it’s important to not be deficient one way or another, especially in today’s world. Also, I think kid’s need to be active! I mean, c’mon – would it to go swimming, ride bikes, go walking, etc.

Alas, I know this is not a reality by any means, and, as parents, we will need to find ways to set screen time limits. Here are a few tips on how to decrease that screen time (as with all parenting, it’s important to be consistent!).

  1. Track how much time every member spends in front the screen (i.e. watching DVDs, playing videos, uses the computer for something other than school/work, in front of the TV, etc.) so that you can figure out where the change needs to happen.
  2. Set house rules when the “screens” are off-limits. For example, I think it’s simply good practice to have a no technology rule at the dinner table and to apply it to every member of the family (+ guests).
  3. Never use the TV or computer as a reward or punishment, because it will make them even more appealing.
  4. Set a clear time schedule for screen times. If your child has problems sleeping at night, develops attention problems or anxiety, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to reduce screen time.
  5. Talk about what your children are watching on TV or seeing on the computer and especially how to react to advertisements. As a marketer myself, I know I’ll definitely be having these conversations with my son.

By simply removing a TV or computer from your child’s bedroom, it can reduce their consumption by about 1.5 hours per day. Simple steps. Big changes.

How much time does your child spend in front of a screen per day? And, maybe more importantly, how often do you?

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Marketing Guru, Tech Nerd and Social Media Junkie by Day. Devoted Wife and New Mother By Night. Finding new ways to deal with the collision of those two worlds.

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