Even Teens See Screen Time as a Growing Concern
A recent Pew Research Study revealed that 60% of teens believe that spending too much time online is a “major” problem among their age group. (They’re right. According to a study by Common Sense Media, teens are spending close to nine hours a day in front of screens; kids aged 8-12 average about six hours a day.) What can be done to help curb time spent in front of screens? As a first step, remember our adage: “If he (or she) could, he would. If he can’t, we need to help him.” Here are a few suggestions:
- Set a screen time limit (minutes, hours) to set the expectation with your child.
- Set family rules … and stick to them. For example, no phones at meal times.
- Keep screens out of your child’s bedroom to promote better sleep.
- Use technology and explore tools like Circle or other online apps to block websites and manage screen time.
- Lead by example. Try managing your own screen time, especially when around your children (they’re always watching).