The Best Screen Time Breaks For Kids
With the sudden need for remote learning, many schools are offering laptops to students, increasing the number of screens in a single household. Due to this unprecedented time, it can be difficult to manage screen time. Many children have used screens as a leisure tool at home, but now this tool has been transitioned to a learning tool.
Limits on screen time are now different with the sudden need for remote learning access, but there are still boundaries that can be utilized to limit screen time.
- Apart from learning time, it's important for your child to still be offered unstructured screen time so that they can do what they like and retain screen time for leisure.
- If possible, use two different computers, assigning one as a ‘learning computer’ and another as a ‘break/fun computer’.
- Try to keep a regular schedule. It is helpful for your child to have a specific schedule. This structure allows kids to know what to expect and limits how often the child asks for more screen time.
- Create a technology free zone, make one room in the house technology free such as the dining room or kitchen so those areas are reserved for meals and family conversations.
- Educate yourself and your child on electronics and the dangers.
- It's important to model healthy screen time use and limiting the parents screen use.
- Help your child make an activity menu that lists non-screen activities that they can do if they are bored or need a break. Having choices already written out will help the transition from screen to non-screen.
Examples of activities for your non-screen list:
- Playing with a ball
- Playing with a pet
- Doing arts and crafts
- Playing with sensory materials
- Outside play
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Morin, A. (2020). How to limit your child’s screen time . Retrieved from https://www.verywellfamily.com/tips-for-limiting-electronics-and-screen-time-for-kids-1094870