The amount of time we find ourselves spending in front of screens is forever increasing. It seems like it has become the main way for us to manage and interact in our lives. In front of a screen we can now do everything from shop, bank, work, connect with our friends and family and even entertain ourselves.
Our kids pick up on our actions and notice it quite closely, then mimic our behaviours, so the more time we spend using a screen the more they do. Our use of the screen validates their decision to also do so. Whilst we can spend lots of time in front of a screen to manage our life and as an outlet it is worth reducing it for health and social benefits.
When we spend time on a screen we are decreasing our face to face social interactions which are a different set of skills to manage and develop, we decrease our physical activity levels which has a huge raft of affects on our bodies and mind and if we use a screen too late in the evening it will most definitely have an impact on our sleep.
As this year moves on and we want to keep up with positive changes to our lives and those of our children we can start by making small positive changes like implementing the following six rules.
The 6 rules below have worked for many families to reduce their screen time and have had positive impacts on family time, social interactions and children health.
- No screens at meal time
- 5 minute warning before screens are to be turned off
- No screens during homework time
- No screens 1 hour before bed
- No screens in the bathroom
- 1 hour maximum of continuous screen use
When these rules are applied to everyone in the house the rules appear fair in application, parents set an example for children and essential bonding time as well as focusing time is best used.
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