Many kids, nowadays, spend too much time watching TV and playing computer or video games. Allowing your kids to stay all day behind those screens while busy grabbing some junk food, is putting their health at risk, promoting laziness and will eventually lead to lack of creativity. This lifestyle can lead to diseases such as high blood pressure. Below are some rules that will help keep your kids in line:
Make bedrooms screen-free.
Your kids’ bedrooms should never have TV or any other screen; these screens should be kept in common rooms where they are shared preferably by everyone. Keeping bedrooms screen free, will prevent kids spending too much time in their rooms. When screens are shared in most cases it will be used fairly not for the benefit of one individual, also you will keep track on what the kids are watching or what type of game they are playing.
TV should be kept off on certain hours or days.
TV watching, computer or video games should not rob your kids all the time, families should decide the appropriate time or days to watch TV. You should give guidelines on this, also get suggestions from the kids to avoid conflict but the time limit should be there. Time limits should be put, for example when kids are doing their homework, when eating or when it’s past bedtime.
Define what “too much TV” is for your kids.
Sit down with your kids and guide them to what extent you are comfortable with them watching TV. This can be three hours per day or say two movies a day. Explain to your kids why you are enforcing this and make them aware it’s for their own benefit. Avoid problems that may arise as a result of too much time on the TV.
Provide active alternatives.
Creating alternatives ways of spending leisure time for your kids is a big step to prevent spending too much time on the screens. Buy your children balls, bikes or other materials for outdoor activites.Participate these games with them, once in a while. Make them understand outdoor activities such as football improves their health and their whole body functions.
Take charge of the TV.
As a parent you should be in charge of what your kids are watching, listening to or playing (computer games). Put that parental control on your TV and time to time sit down with your kids and get to know what your kids love.
Be a role model.
Your kids tend to follow what you do most of the time, make sure you are a good example to your kids to follow that. Do what you teach your kids so that it may be easy when implementing it to them.
Set Limits on Screen Time
Setting Screen Time Limits for Your Kids
Setting Limits on Screen Time