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Screen Time Tips

Discussion in 'Teens' started by Joy, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Joy

    Joy Guest

    Parenting rules apply to screen time as to anything else — set a good example, establish limits, and talk with your teen about it.

    To make your teen's screen time more productive:
    • Research video and computer games before letting your teen get them. Look at the ratings, which can run from EC (meaning "early childhood") to AO (meaning "adults only"). Teens probably should be limited to games rated T (for "teens") or younger.
    • Preview games and even play them with your teen to see what they're like. The game's rating may not match what you feel is appropriate.
    • Make sure teens have a variety of free-time activities, like spending time with friends and playing sports, which can help them develop a healthy body and mind.
    • Turn off all screens during family meals and at bedtime. Also, keep devices with screens out of your teen's bedroom after bedtime, and don't allow a TV in your teen's bedroom.
    • Treat screen time as a privilege that teens need to earn, not a right that they're entitled to. Tell them that screen time is allowed only after chores and homework are done.
    • Spend screen time together to make sure that what your teen sees is appropriate. Watch TV, play games, go online — use screen time together as a chance to interact and communicate.
    • Use screening tools on the TV, computers, and tablets to block your teen's access to inappropriate material.
    • Teach your teen about Internet safety and social media smarts, and make sure he or she knows the dangers of sharing private information online or sexting.
    • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch what's going on.
    Source: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/screentime-teens.html?WT.ac=p-ra
  2. Charm

    Charm Guest

    Screen time is not really advisable. Very little energy is used during screen time so I think it is better if we let our kids do more physical activities. This could also lead to some health risks like behavioral problem and could make it hard for your child to sleep at night. We should let them have screen time if it is really needed. :D
  3. Joy

    Joy Guest

    @Charm You are right but for teens, screen time can include things like researching a school project, creating music or art, or interacting with friends via social media. But it also can include less productive activities, like watching inappropriate TV shows, visiting unsafe websites, or playing violent video games. And as a parent, we should continue to set limits on screen time, preview all shows and games to make sure they're OK, and stay aware of what our teens are doing online. :) But still physical activities are still the best! :D
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