5 Ways To Regain Control Over Screen Time

1. Understand what excessive screen time can do.

When you are in the midst of screen time, it’s very easy to lose track of how much time you have spent on devices with screens. From binge-watching Netflix to a video game tournament to game apps, adults even know how easy it is to get caught up in the screen versus the time spent there. More importantly, teens and kids may not realize that the excessive time spent in front of a screen can alter their mood and behavior.

2. Take the ScreenStrong Challenge.

Once you have an idea of what screen time can do, the next step in getting control is to find a motivating way to break a bad habit due to more than two months of quarantine. One idea is to take the ScreenStrong Challenge.

3. Talk about positive individual and family screen time changes.

Whether you take the challenge or you decide to sit down after watching the movie together, it’s productive to have a discussion with your kids versus just telling them what’s going to happen in terms of screen time use. After all, as an adult stuck in quarantine, you may also be spending an unhealthy amount of time in front of screens. Therefore, talking about it shows your kids that you value their feelings and ideas as well as establishes the screen time changes as a family project.

4. Set limits on devices and time.

Even though the entire family acknowledges the downside of excessive screen time, the shelter-in-place mandate may continue in some form for months to come. It can become very easy to slip back into those bad habits.

5. Schedule alternative activities.

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