I’m sharing tips for parenting in the digital age and balancing screen time with real-life activities.
Screen Time Tips For Parents
It is crucial for parents to set limits on the amount of time their children spend on digital devices. This can be done by establishing a daily or weekly screen time schedule and ensuring that children stick to it.
Encourage other Activities
Encourage children to engage in real-life activities, such as playing outside, reading, or spending time with friends and family. These activities will help to strengthen their social skills, increase their physical activity, and reduce their dependence on technology.
Lead by Example
Your kids are always watching! As parents, we should set an example by limiting our own screen time. Children are often more likely to follow the actions of their parents than their words, so it is important for parents to model the behavior they want to see in their children.
Promote Unplugged Activities
Make sure that children have plenty of opportunities to engage in unplugged activities, such as playing board games, going on nature walks, or cooking.
These activities can help children develop important life skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity.
Use Technology as a Tool, Not a Crutch
Encourage children to use technology as a tool to enhance their learning, creativity, and problem-solving skills, rather than relying on it as a source of entertainment or distraction.
This will help children develop a healthy relationship with technology, and ensure that they use it in a productive and beneficial way.
There are several apps available that can help parents monitor their teen’s screen use, here are a few popular ones:
OurPact – This app allows parents to manage their child’s device access, set screen time limits, and block access to specific apps and websites.
Screen Time – This app provides parents with detailed reports on their child’s device and app usage, and allows them to set daily time limits and bedtime schedules.
TeenSafe – This app provides parents with real-time monitoring of their child’s texts, calls, social media activity, and location.
Kidslox – This app enables parents to control the amount of time their child spends on their device and to block access to specific apps and websites.
FamilyTime – This app provides parents with a dashboard to monitor their child’s device usage and to set limits on app usage and screen time.
Delay Social Media Access
Parenting in the digital age and social media goes hand in hand. If you are thinking about social media for your child here are some reasons to consider delaying.
There have been numerous studies that suggest that social media can have negative impacts on children. Some of the most commonly reported negative effects include:
Decreased Face-to-Face Communication Skills
Social media usage can reduce the amount of face-to-face communication, leading to difficulties in interpersonal communication skills.
Online harassment and bullying are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly on social media. This can have serious impacts on children’s mental health and well-being.
Decreased Attention Span and Concentration
The constant stimulation and distractions of social media can lead to decreased attention spans and difficulties in focusing on tasks.
Decreased Physical Activity
Spending long periods of time on social media can be sedentary and reduce the amount of physical activity, which can have negative impacts on physical health.
Decreased Sleep Quality
Spending time on electronic devices before bed can negatively impact sleep quality, leading to tiredness and decreased functioning during the day.
Body Image Issues
Social media can contribute to body image issues and negative self-esteem, particularly among girls.
Not all children will experience negative impacts from social media access, and many children can use these platforms in healthy and positive ways.
However, it’s important for us as parents to be aware of these potential risks and to have open conversations with our children about responsible and safe usage.
You’ve Got This
Parenting in the digital age presents unique challenges, but with the right approach, parents can help their children strike a balance between screen time and real-life activities.
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!