Do you allow your kids to have screen time? How do you regulate it? Let us know in the comments!
Screen time for kids is a hot topic in many households and for good reason.
We believe that like with a lot of things in life the key to making screen time positive is balance.
Here are some ideas for regulating screen time in your home….
Screen time is timed. When our daughter does get ahold of the iPad she is only allowed to play on the iPad in 20-30 minute sessions.
Screen time is earned. If you don’t allow your kids to play on tablets or phones every day you can use them as a reward. For example, all A’s on a report card can earn you the iPad 3 days per week.
Screen time is educational. One way to feel better about what your kids are learning while playing on tablets or phones is by regulating what apps they use and being sure they are educational. We use ABC Mouse (that link will get you a 30 day free trial) and have for years! It is a great app that makes kids feel like they are playing a game when in reality they are learning.
Screen time is monitored. On most of today’s technology parents have the ability to set parental controls on what their kids are seeing on the internet. They are usually pretty easy to set up, but make sure you dive into your kid’s favorite apps to make sure they are appropriate! Many games have chat rooms or direct messaging that you may not want them having access to.
For every family, regulating screen time is going to look different. The idea is finding something that works for your family and sticking to it.
Do you allow your kids to have screen time?
I’d love to hear how you guys regulate screen time in your home. Let me know in the comments!