A child spends an average of 40 hours a week in front of a screen. The digital devices seem to obtrude upon the visual and mental space of children, making kids very dependent. According to a study published in the American Journal of Therapy, “the longer a child spent time in front of a screen, the lower their physical and mental abilities”.
Long before this study, big bosses like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates suggested and limited the time of their children in front of a screen to two hours a day so they don’t get exposed too much to the screen and make healthy use of digital devices. Today, many parents strive to do the same and here in this post today, we give you 5 tips to get your child away from the screen. Have a look!
Pass the responsibility contracts
As with everything, the behaviour of adults must lead by example. In addition, if you want to teach your child to reduce or limit the time spent on screens, it is best to teach him, from an early age, to self-regulate. With this in mind, we must make him responsible, by inviting him to understand the benefits and the limits, and by passing with him contracts that he will have to respect by limiting his screen time.
Encourage good habits from the youngest age
Even if there exist many applications that fascinate the smallest, the use of touch screens is not essential, even not recommended, because the child first needs to build its spatial and temporal landmarks, and for that nothing contributes better than physical toys. The tablet can however be used by parents with the child, accompanying games, for short periods, and with adapted software.
Create a schedule and implement it using Android parental controls
Nothing works better than a predefined routine and schedule. So, make a schedule for your kids to use screen and implement it smartly with the help of Android parental controls rendered by avid apps such as FamilyTime. The app helps parents make screen rules and impose them on kids efficiently. You can lock their devices for certain time periods and decrease their screen time. It is recommended to set screen locks during bedtime, homework time, meals, weekend and vacations etc. The FamilyTime app offers bundles of features to schedule auto screen locks as well as facilitate parents to put a remote lock on kids’ devices. Do you wish to see how exactly? Give FamilyTime app a free try.
Get involved to propose attractive alternatives
It is sometimes tempting to let your child distract himself, absorbed by the screen. This is common sense, but to get your child off screen, think of organizing activities: amusement park, treasure hunt, museums, nature activities, extra-curricular activities, which he chooses himself so that he wants to continue them (sport, artistic activity), or board games etc…
Reading, a good vector of imagination
For older children, it is useful to alternate spatialized intelligence and narrative intelligence, by varying the intellectual stimulation – books / screens – and by inviting them to share what they experienced on the screens. While screens can improve the acquisition of knowledge and skills, reading develops imagination and intellectual abilities. A child who spends less time in front of a screen will have better grades in school according to the same American study cited at the beginning of the article.