How to Create A Screen Time Plan for Your Family that Works
Parents know that excessive screen time for children can lead to meltdowns. Creating a screen time plan for your family helps establish healthy habits. One of the ways you can help manage screen time in your home is to create a family plan.
How to Create A Screen Time Plan
Start by discussing as a family what your goals and priorities are for screen time. What types of screen time are you limiting? Are there specific activities you want to prioritize or limit, such as social media or gaming? Make a list of priorities and goals together.
Establish specific guidelines for screen time based on your priorities. For example, you may set a daily limit on all screen time, designate certain times of the day when screens are off-limits, or establish rules around tasks that need to be completed before screen time. It may benefit older kids to use a video game and screen time contract.
Reward and Consequences
Decide what the rewards and consequences will be for following or breaking screen time rules. Let children know ahead of time what is expected of them and what will be the consequences for breaking the rules.
Post the Plan
Once you have created your screen time plan, post it in a visible location, such as on the fridge or a bulletin board. Make sure all family members understand and agree to the plan.
Adjust the Plan
Occasionally review the screen time plan and make adjustments as needed. As children grow and technology changes, your family’s screen time needs and priorities may shift, so it’s important to revisit the plan periodically and make changes as necessary.
Create A Device Charging Station
Establishing a central location where all devices will live when not in use helps maintain screen time rules. Make a simple DIY charging station to keep all of your family’s devices organized and in a secure location.
Why is it Important to Have A Family Screen Time Plan?
There are many benefits to children using technology but too much of a good thing can be bad. It’s important to have a family screen time plan to help children develop a healthy relationship with technology.
Reasons why you need a family screen time plan:
- Establishes healthy habits and sets limits on the amount of time spent in front of screens
- Helps families monitor screen time, which can reduce the risk of addiction
- Ensures that children are engaging in quality screen time
- Helps families ensure that children are using technology in a safe and secure way
- Encourages families to communicate about their technology use