How to Limit Your Kids’ Tech Use
Tech addiction is a real problem and it can start from a young age. That’s why parents need to begin to limit their kids’ tech use from the first day their kids use a device. 5-Minute Crafts has collected 7 useful tips to help you with this matter.
1. Set limits.
Start by setting up the right limit of daily technology use and screen time so the amount of time they spend on a device is healthy:
- 18 months or younger: not recommended.
- 18 to 24 months: If you want to introduce technology to your kids’ life, your can start to do so but limit it as much as you can.
- 2 to 5 years: 1 hour per day.
- 6 to 12 years: Place consistent time limits. Make sure media doesn’t use up sleeping time, physical activity, or other behaviors essential to their health.
- 12 years and older: Make sure to create media free time likes dinner and driving so you still limit their daily usage. Create technology free zones.
2. Create balance.
Teach your kids the meaning of balance. Let them know that technology can be good if used properly but also let them know about the bad side of technology use, like getting addicted.
3. Be a role model.
Your kids are always watching you and they can often imitate what you do. Be a role model by using technology responsibly. Set aside your devices regularly so that they do the same.
4. Make tech a family time activity.
Set rules as a family in terms of tech use. Be involved in your kid’s tech experiences and watch or play alongside them. This way, you can control much better what they are doing and how much time they spend doing it.
5. Keep devices out of their bedroom.
Don’t let your kids use their screens before bed and keep all the devices out of their bedroom overnight. By doing this, they will not only sleep better but you’re also 100% sure they will not be using any devices during the night.
6. Use parental controls.
Parental controls not only block specific content and prevents your kids from accessing it, but they also allow parents to place time limits on apps. They can even be set to turn off the device after a certain amount of time.
7. Encourage other activities.
Get your kids involved in activities that don’t require a screen. Instead, they could play outside, play board games, or even read a book.