How to make screen time for children more positive
Kids and screen time.
It’s one of those things that we try to get right as parents but there’s no magical rulebook that contains all the answers.
And there’s a simple reason for that.
We have to remember that not one size fits all. Whether you decide on no phones at the dinner table or spending more time outdoors, it all depends on what works for you.
After all, every family, and every child is beautifully unique.
In a world where we’re surrounded by screens, it’s not always easy to monitor screen time – but there are certainly steps we can take to promote healthier online habits at home.
As parents, we have an obligation to lead by example, so we’ve rounded up a few things to keep in mind if you’re worried about your kid’s screen time.
If you’re doing some of these already, we salute you.
Choosing the right digital experiences
The internet is becoming a big part of children’s lives across the world. As our little ones get older, there isn’t much guidance on recommended screen time for kids – and advice can often be unclear or conflicting.
A recent report by UNICEF called ‘Growing up in a connected world’ explains that “the aim...should not be to restrict the quantity of screen-time...but rather to improve the quality of children’s online experiences.”
Now this isn’t to say you shouldn’t take precautions on screen time (because you certainly should). It’s still important that we set some boundaries at home.
But we must also focus on incorporating positive digital experiences into our children’s lives, so that the time they do spend on screens is as beneficial to their development as possible.