Be An Example
With the explosion in technology and connectivity, it’s more important than ever for parents to be role models for their child and encourage them to take tech breaks. A 2018 Pew Research Center study concluded that 36% of adults said they spend too much time on their cellular devices and 23% focus too much on social media. Remember, your kids are watching, so be aware of how much time you are spending online.
Take a Time Out
Schedule daily social media breaks for your child. It could be as little as 15 minutes, but model the importance of taking a break from social media: go to the park, jog, do yoga, find a new hobby, or any other activity to help clear your child’s mind. There will likely be resistance, and you may even have to cut their fun off in order for them to unplug. Encourage face-to-face interaction with others, as well. Studies show that more than 90% of human communication involves body language which allows people to see and understand other people’s feelings and builds trust.
Cut down on the number of apps on your device
One way to minimize time on your phone is to limit the number of apps you have. Include necessary ones for things like health or books, but cut down on those that take up your time and lessen your productivity, such as games and other social media platforms.