Screen time can be both beneficial and harmful, and striking a balance can be a challenge for parents. It can be tricky for parents to protect their children and themselves from the harmful aspects, while reaping the benefits that technology has to offer.
There are many conflicting messages circulating about the do’s and don’ts of accessing technology, so the home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have some tips on f how to keep your children safe and healthy.
You can make screen time a part of a healthy lifestyle for children when it’s balanced correctlywith other activities. Make family rules that outline where, when, and how your children can engage with their technology. Think about:
- Where your child can and can’t use their screendevices
- When your child can have screen time use their screen
- How your child can use their screentechnology, for example the types of programs they can access are using and what they are watchingthe shows they can watch.
Encourage your children to play outside outdoors several times a day to balance their time they spendt inside using technology. Also, make sure homework, chores and family time come before screen timefirst. This can be done effectively through establishing strong routines throughout the day.
Find ways to positively engage with technology
Technology can enhance communication, be educational, provide positive entertainment and strengthen human relationships. Social media platforms such as YouTube or Instagram have plenty of educational videos and resources that your children can use. Chat rooms (that are safe and appropriately monitored) can help children establish and strengthen interpersonal relationships.
Walk the walk
Your children are less likely to listen to you if you spend most of your time on your phone, in front of your computer or watching TV. You should follow the rules you set for your children to act as a role model and also ensuremake sure you are available to interact with them.