Do you ever feel like your child is spending too much time with technology? Tablets and smartphones are great, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to draw the line. If you feel like your child is spending too much time glued to a device, check out some of these great tips from Tabitha Steffes over at Best Apps for Kids.
- Clean up and organize your apps. If you don’t want your child to keep using an app, delete it from your device. If you’re not using it anymore, take it off. Group your remaining apps in categories so they’re easier to find. You can even keep apps that focus more on learning separate from “just for fun” apps. This makes it easier to explain to your child what type of app he or she may use and when.
- Set time limits and boundaries on your device. There are several apps that you can use, like the Clock app on iDevices, to limit time right from the device, which can block your child from continuing without knowing the passcode. If you don’t want to do that, use a traditional timer or stopwatch. If timers aren’t your style, consider adding fun rules to let your child “earn” screen time each day. You can also set rules about where it is and isn’t okay to use devices, like saying that technology isn’t allowed at the dinner table.
- Be a good example to your child. Your child is watching everything that you do and incorporating that model into his or her own behavior. Set limits for your own use of technology. Show that your child is more important than technology by playing together, reading together, or any other activity that you both enjoy.
For more tips and ideas, check out the full article here.