Screen time fights are increasingly common in many households. Some households report many serious fights caused by arguments of how much time in front of a screen is acceptable other households report that the majority of the arguments are around acceptable time and usage.
By setting fair limits and negotiating screen time rules for your household you can minimise the problems screen time is causing in your house. Negotiating limits that fit with in recommended medical guidelines such as those set by the Mayo Clinic are a great guide. They recommend that children under two not use screens other than for video chat with family, children 2-5 years only have one hour of high quality content per day and beyond 5 years you need to set what you feel is right for your family.
Good guidelines to follow are no screens at meal times especially whilst eating, this time should be encouraged to socialise with family and focus on the pleasure of the meal. Also no screens an hour before bed as the brain should have time to relax and increasing stimulation with a screen will counter this. Other good ideas include only allowing screen usage for recreation after all chores and homework are finished.
Depending on your child’s age you may want to directly negotiate what you both believe to be a reasonable amount and once that is decided on have you child manage their time but you must not let them exceed it, hold them to their word they will learn valuable skills such as time management, self-control, honoring their word and being able to be trusted to do as they say.
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