Nowadays, watching TV or using gadgets for hours is no longer a strange thing to do. Some parents do not even hesitate to give their children playing games or watching videos on their electronic devices as “weapons” to keep them calm.

But it turns out that in fact, you just realized that using technology too often like TV and gadgets turns your child into a child who is not connected to the real world! This will be your biggest concern if you have not or are experiencing this.

From a teacher’s point of view, several things can help you as parents to control children’s screen time.

Be an Example for Your Children

Parents should be children’s role models in using technology. Before you watch your favorite TV series in excess or when you open social media, remember that you are setting an example for children with the time you spend in front of the screen.

Therefore, you need to show your child that you also limit the use of gadgets or watching TV excessively.

Educating Yourself about the Use of Technology

Today’s children are capable to use technology easily. Most of them know more about electronics than adults. Parents should always keep updated on the latest developments in apps, games, and social media, as well as the latest trends.

You must be aware of all technological developments to teach your child about the risks of using them. For example, you should first learn about social media before you tell your child directly what the dangers are. So, you have studied and experienced it first.

You will not be able to prevent children from using certain types of media (such as violent video games) if you do not understand how these forms of media are being introduced in society.

Set a Schedule

You can set a certain daily duration and time when children can play on gadgets such as cellphones, laptops, or TVs for entertainment. This would fit perfectly and have a big impact on younger children. They can learn about the routine from the schedule of using the gadget.

However, the above system will become more complicated as children get older due to activities outside their home and school homework which make it difficult to manage their scheduled time. In this case, you could try to use a token system. Give certain amounts of tokens to your children a day in using the gadget. Set the time that they can spend on gadgets for every token, such as 30 minutes for each.

By doing a token system, children would be wise to use it for important things. If they have any tokens left, they can use them for entertainment. For the number of tokens and the duration of time, you can determine it based on your children’s needs and some consideration. Also, try to have discussions with your child about it. Especially if your child is on their pre-teen or teenager ages.

The key to successfully doing the two things above is consistency. As children get older, they will definitely look for reasons to not do it. When you create an opportunity for them in seeing the mistake in the system with your inconsistencies, you are making the system weak every day.

Create a ‘Technology-Free Zone’ at Home

Establish a zone in your home that prohibits the use of all types of electronic devices. You can apply this for example in the dining room or family room in your home. Use this technology-free space for meals and activities with your family.

This implementation will make children also value their time with family and learn to use technology-related devices with mutually determined and agreed limits.

Prepare Fun Non-Tech Options for Entertainment

Explore other media or tools that you can use to reduce children’s playing time with gadgets. For example, preparing an interesting traditional game, such as jumping rope. Teach your children how to play and get involved in their play.

For older children, you can provide more useful activities, such as drawing/ painting, learning a musical instrument, exercising, reading books, or other activities that can develop children’s skills but still make them enjoy time without gadgets.

Instead of trying your hard to eliminate current technology from children’s lives, you can come up with new, concrete, and interesting alternatives, so that your child can eventually escape the excessive influence of technology.

May 9, 2021

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