Encourage healthy behaviours
Encourage your kids to read, be physically active, take part in creative play like drawing and music and enjoy social time with both family and friends. Draw up a list of indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, so that you can suggest alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.
Have your child ‘earn’ screen time for activities like doing their household chores, completing homework, and playing outside. For example, your child could earn five minutes of screen time when they stack or unstack the dishwasher, another five minutes for making their bed, until they reach their agreed-upon total screen time each day.
Evening routines help families unwind from their busy days and will help children (especially younger ones) go to bed easier. Eating in front of a screen can stop kids from recognising when they are full, which can lead to overeating. Enjoy meal times together at the dining table and use it as an opportunity to share news and reconnect before bedtime.
Be a good role model
Be aware of your own screen use and be a good role model. Some families find that everyone participating in a ‘phone fast’ for an hour each day can be a good way of breaking screen time habits. In a ‘phone fast’ everyone commits to not using their phone for a period of time each day, for example from 6-7pm each evening.
Shut down that laptop, turn off the TV, grab the kids and enjoy some time in the great outdoors!