In this new age of technological advancement, it’s somewhat difficult to know where to draw the line at times. On one hand you want to be able to provide your child with the necessary skills and materials needed to keep up in a rapidly expanding world. On the other hand, it is not entirely healthy to be glued to a screen all day. Whether it is television, a tablet or pad, or a game or phone that your child is continually spending time on, the need to create separation is imperative. The view that Merga (2016) supports is that children need the technological skills and capability to navigate the virtual world, but they also need to unplug and experience the real world now and again. This article will help parents establish and maintain screen time rules at home.
Screen Time Rules for Back-to-School
Maintaining a healthy balance between screen time and homework can be hard to manage, as these days many kids are given homework to complete on their electronic devices. The older, more time-consuming methods are slowly becoming outdated and obsolete, though they are still present in many areas of study. When electronics are not utilized for homework however it is necessary to set strict limits as to when children are to be allowed screen time. These following steps might help to create a necessary balance between homework and screen time.
1) Screen time needs to be earned.
Whether it is a game, a movie, or anything else that is not related to homework, screen time needs to be a luxury that can be earned rather than just given. If a child’s homework is to be completed on an electronic device then this rule can be adapted to include the completion of their homework before leisure time spent in front of a screen. Develop a reasonable balance between the completion of homework and screen time allowed.
2) Set a time limit.
Children don’t need more than an hour or two maximum at a time when it comes to sitting in front of a screen. Any more than this has been seen to create a negative effect upon cognitive development. Creating a time limit not only regulates the time that kids spend in front of the screen, but it also can make them appreciate the time they are allowed for leisure so that it does not become taken for granted.
3) In the morning and evening hours, restrict screen time.
Unless there is an absolute, school-related need for children to spend significant time in front of a screen, keep the time spent in front of a screen to a minimum in the morning and evening. As stated above, screen time should be a privilege instead of a right. Restricting screen time to an hour or less can help children to remain active and social rather than giving all their attention to a device that, in truth, doesn’t give much of anything back.
The technological age is swiftly taking over traditional values and is even becoming more and more integrated into education. Despite this, there is still the need to have children unplug more often and focus upon their studies rather than the entertainment that such devices can offer. The only real difficulty comes when those devices are meant for more and more educational purposes rather than just entertainment.