self-regulate screen time
Q. How do you teach children to self-regulate when it comes to screen time?
A. Parents these days often find themselves battling their children over “screen time”- and it’s exhausting. So, how can we best teach our kids to self-regulate their screen use? First, remember our kids are watching us, so as parents we need to make sure our own screen habits are in check. Once that’s in place, take time to come up with a family plan for what the time limits will be and stick to it. For younger children, use a kitchen timer. Set it for 5 minutes before screen time is over to give your kids time to transition mentally. Teach kids to track how they feel after extended time on screens. This helps them learn to listen to their bodies as an indicator that it’s time to stop. Take heart. Building habits takes patience, but the results are worth it.
Julia Storm | Digital Media Family Educator and Founder | www.reconnect-families.com