Managing electronics and screen time can be a little tricky for some. Time flies when you are on the Internet talking with family and friends on Facebook. Playing games online or on the gaming systems takes up even more time. Add in computer time if you work from your home like I do and the better part of the day can be tide up using electronics. Add in the tablet and eBooks and you never have enough time in the day!
Yes, surfing the Internet is enjoyable and relaxing to many people. I try and not spend more time than I have to using electronics. I do find that if I am not online or working, I tend to sit in front of the TV with the kids. Can anyone say Netflix addict? I also love playing video games with my daughter. I think sharing screen time as a family is different than just letting your kids spend every waking minute locked in their rooms playing Mario…alone.
If you feel that managing electronics and screen time is need, then at some point you have to start saying “enough is enough already”.
There are several options when it comes to managing electronic and screen time. Some may work for you while others won’t, so it’s best to try each option for a little while and then make a decision.
However, if you see it’s not working right away, then it’s important to go ahead and move on to the next option. There is no point in wasting time on an option that isn’t working. The most important thing to know is to choose the method that works and stick with it.
Setting the rules and guidelines with your children is important. When they know how you feel and what you expect of them as far as getting online and the amount of time they’re allowed, they’ll follow the rules. When you set these rules you’ll want to keep in mind there may be things that would require you to allow them to be online longer. Of course, homework would be one of those exceptions, but playing games would not be.
(We are homeschooling right now so electronics are a big part of our day since we have many books on Kindle and online)
Weekdays verses weekends are another exception to the rule for some families, but at the same time you need to put limits on the time. You need to make sure your kids are not spending every waking minute on the computer or other device. It’s important they get up and do things or get outside in the fresh air.
My kids know that family time is important and we never have a problem incorporating “we” time into our day.
Enforcing the Rules
Enforcing the rules can be one of the hardest things you’ll have to do. It’s not easy saying no to your children and it’s not easy telling them that they must turn the computer off. And it’s worse when they get upset with you; however, it’s important to keep your child’s best interests in mind and when you do this, you’ll find it’ll be a little easier to enforce the rules you have set.
Managing electronics and screen time could be important for your kids’ life, their well being, and their future. They need to do other things besides sitting in a chair behind a monitor. They need to be active for their health as well and learn that there are important things the world and life that does not include electronics.