Keeping children and adults away from all things with screens in this day in age seems altogether impossible. After all, we are in the modern world, where supercomputers have a permanent place in our pockets. Nowadays we are exposed to a never-ending stream of information.
With information so readily available to us it seems at times impossible to escape. The simpler option is to set limits for ourselves. Taking a break from the information overload is a great way to relax. The greater advantage of taking breaks is a positive impact on younger individuals. As per recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, limiting screen time allows for better development between children and their caretakers.
A common phrase used to describe an individual who spends the majority of their day with their eyes glued to a screen is screen addiction. This seems prominent in not only young children but also adults. Though not a recognized addiction there are certain behaviors similar to that of substance abuse sufferers.
Combating these dependent behaviors, especially in young children is a step in the right direction. In the long run, children will be more independent and creative. A well-adjusted child will have an easier time focusing on school work and completing homework assignments.
6 Steps to Combat Negative Dependent Behaviors
- Set Priorities- Having a set schedule will be a great benefit. Also, it would help develop proper time management skills. For example, Rest, Eat, do Homework, finish any Chores, and finally enjoy some screen time.
- Set screen limits-When you do allow your child some screen time set a specified time limit. This should be for leisure use only and not School work.
- Dedicated Family time-Place all devices away in a designated area and spend time together preferably uninterrupted.
- Open Communication-Let them know that you can be a source of wisdom too, help them find answers to their questions, and spend time interacting with each other talking.
- Charge all devices in a designated area away from children-At bedtime, all devices must go to bed just like them, place them to charge in a designated area, either your bedroom or a closed cupboard
- Educate yourself-Stay up to date with concerns and follow other parent forums. Staying alert to all possible forms of negative interactions is important.
Technology is not bad, we just have to teach kids and ourselves how to properly use it! The overall goal is to not be consumed by it.