Screen time can be either be a major source of frustration or relief for parents. Finding a balance between engaging in the online world vs real world for children is often an issue parent’s find themselves considering. Parents now also have to consider the realities of cyberbullying, identity theft, violent online games and internet safety. So where do we start to understand how much time is enough?
First things first – is screen time a resident or an invited guest in your house?
I’ve found this is a great question to ask parents to find out how they and their children view screen time. If screen time has become a regular fall back to help “control behaviour” or “keep the peace” we may need to start asking if a cycle has started that will become difficult to break.
Often a good way of starting to think about your child’s screen time is setting a positive example yourself and showing them healthy limits around using technology. When healthy limits are not set it is not uncommon for young people to become so wired to technology it can have an impact on their lives in various ways.