Numerous studies have documented the harmful side effects that technology overuse and abuse can have on children, with the dangers ranging from poor grades, social isolation, obesity, sleepless nights and worse.
So what’s a concerned parent to do? Below are a few simple suggestions for parents who want to motivate their technology-addicted child to unplug from technology.
- Set clear boundaries. They may protest, but – as is true regarding many other aspects of life – children look to their parents to set boundaries on how much time spent surfing the Net, texting, or playing video games is appropriate.
- Establish off-limit times. Enjoy meals without the intrusion of technology. Ban inappropriate technology use while homework is being done. Tune out technology at bedtime.
- Follow through. Revoke technology privileges for rule violations. Remember – your child is relying upon you to establish the ground rules.
- Set an example for your child by unplugging from technology when appropriate and using that time to reconnect with your loved ones.
For more suggestions on helping your child unplug from technology, check out our previous article on this topic.