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Kids and Technology: 5 Strategies for Managing Screen Time

Managing Screen Time | Improve Your Child

Introducing your kids to technology at an early age has many advantages since even elementary students use computers at school. However, too much screen time has been linked to lower academic scores and negative behavior in young children. While it may seem hard to strike the perfect balance, you can successfully manage your child’s screen time by using these five simple strategies.

Limit Access

It is impossible to know how much screen time your child is experiencing if you are not able to see them using their electronic devices. For this reason, your first step is to set up a docking station in a common area of your home such as the kitchen or living room. This way, you can quickly glance to see if your child is using their smartphone or computer. If you are worried that your child may still slip by and use their devices at night, keeping them in your bedroom can ensure they do not stay logged on after bedtime.

Establish Clear Limits

House rules are essential for making it clear when kids can and cannot access their devices. Spend a few minutes deciding upon how much screen time you think is appropriate. As you do so, consider rules such as turning off all devices during dinner or family nights. You may also limit the use of devices until after your kid has completed all of their homework. Once you have your rules established, put them in writing and give a copy to your kid to make sure everyone is on the same page.

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