5 Parenting Strategies To Help Reduce Your Child’s Screen Time

According to UNICEF research, at the global level, it is estimated that one in three children aged 3-18 years use internet between 3 – 6 hours per day. The digital era (21st century) that promised to revolutionizing how we do things, has quickly became a nightmare for parents who are struggling day in and day out to drag their children away from screens and increase their social interactions.

The addiction to screen time started slowly as more parents were discovering that when they put cartoons for their children in their phones, tablets, computers or TVs the children became calm and parents can get on with other responsibilities. What was unforeseeable at the time, was the addiction to screens and the antisocial behavior shown by our children today.

What if I tell you, there are strategies that you can implement to ease this parenting frustration?

To reverse this deportment, we have to start at the beginning and ask ourselves if they are not on screens, what should be the best alternative use of their time? The following 5 parenting strategies can shed light to parents on how they can reduce their children’s screen time;

1. Candid conversation

Have a candid conversation with your child about internet and what responsible internet usage looks like. If you do not have the capacity to engage your child in such conversations get someone else to do it for you, but it is high time parents and caregivers invest in developing MEDIA LITERACY skills and protect their children against exposures that comes with internet usage.

2. Screen time Policy

Make your child write his/her own screen time policy. For accountability and ownership your child need to be the author of the screen time policy, discuss it with him/her and decide together screen free areas example dinner table and screen free times within the house. The policy should go further to propose rewards and punishment in cases of breach of the policy.

3. Screen time policy enforcement

Ensure you enforce the punishment or reward on policy as warranted. A policy is a policy therefore makes sure all the time no exceptions the rewards and punishments are enforced as agreed.

4. Become more interesting than the screens

Have a plan for the free time. Create new hobbies like reading books, playing football or just spending quality time with your child during the screen free time that you have created. You have to become more interesting than the screens for your child to want to spend time with you so be creative.

5. Walk the talk

Role-model the less screen time behavior for your children. This is where you parents and guardians are coming in. You have to set an example and walk the talk. You cannot be on your screen and order kids to be off screens.

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John Sichilima
John Sichilima
8 months ago

These tips are very liberational and educational as well. However, maintaining a good standard toward each tip is very meaningful.
For example, tip no. 5; walking the talk so much can result to so many problems relating to interaction between the children and parents/guardian. In addition, it can generate a very weak children who can be being not able to tolerate the unexpected challenge in the community.

These tips are very useful if applied proffesionally.
For example, “making sure all the time no exceptions the rewards and punishments are enforced as agreed”. We need to be being very careful to what we are rewarding, whether is Good deeds or Intentions; and what we are punishing, whether is bad deeds or bad intentions.

However, Good and effective reward/punishment must be rewarding or punishing the intentions only rather than the deeds.

Once again, these tips are very useful if applied proffesionally.

Macha
Macha
8 months ago

This is very informative. 💫💫

Mericiana
Mericiana
8 months ago

Amaizing tips that will help us parents and our children now and then especially their brain development and proper routines of their daily life.Thank you madam

Ndossa.N
Ndossa.N
8 months ago

Yes Indeed .Excessive screen time use of digital devices may cause learners to suffer from irreversible damage to their developing brain,decreasing learner’s focus and limit their ability academically

Lutez
Lutez
8 months ago

Its something good,should be applied

Mama Myra
Mama Myra
8 months ago

Sure, this is indeed useful! Am actually gonna apply use the policy thing 🥰

Joab Ndanzi
Joab Ndanzi
8 months ago

This is an amazing initiative! Reducing screen time helps learners to concentrate on studies rather than playing games.

Penina Sichilima
Penina Sichilima
8 months ago

This is very helpful, especially when this knowledge is taught at school and parents put more emphasis at home. As most of our children believe mostly in what they are being taught at school

J, Miriam.
J, Miriam.
8 months ago

Employable.
It’s something that every parent must read.

Joel
Joel
8 months ago

This is very helpful

Mbazi Shemwetta
Mbazi Shemwetta
8 months ago

Very Helpful!
Emphasis on Media Literacy should be put at schools in a few sessions to go in hand with our (parents’) candid conversation.
Thank you.

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