Technology and kids.
That is a huge hot topic these days.
How much screen time is too much screen time?
How old should my child be before he has screentime/his own device?
These are all new questions we have to ask ourselves as parents, that our parents probably didn’t even consider when we grew up. You see, we are the first generation raising Digital Natives. We are the first ones who have to consider these things, and make rules and boundaries around screen time.
I can’t answer all these questions. I have some opinions on this, but the truth is that because we are the first generation raising kids in the age of iEverything, there hasn’t been studies or research to help guide us in these decisions.
But, there is one thing that I do know…
Free playtime is probably the most important thing for a child’s overall development. So, it’s important to make sure that children get plenty of time to just play. By controlling the amount of screen time a child gets, we free them up to play.
But often times screen time can cause a lot of tension between parents and kids. Children always seem to want more time on it than their parents want them to have.
So how do you control the screen time without all the temper tantrums and frustration?
Here’s one big tip that can help you control the screen time.
Make it part of your routine.
By having technology as a part of your daily routine, you get to control when and how much. For us, my sons watch 2 tv shows in the morning and then it’s off for the rest of the day. We also have a family movie night every Friday, but that’s it.
For tablet time, we allow it two times during the day for a max of 30 minutes. They get to play after all their evening chores are done (picking up toys, pajamas on, and teeth brushed). My four year old also gets some time right after lunch, before quite time. His tablet is put away the rest of the day.
We are really happy with the amount of technology time we have for our kids. It doesn’t overrun our house, but yet, they still get some time on their devices.
When children have schedules around screen time, they are less likely to even ask for it. And if they do ask for it, all you have to do is remind them that they will have it during their scheduled time.
What tips do you have for controlling the screen time?