Turn off technology. Spending time with your children and teens away from technology is an important part of managing screen and technology time balance. By engaging in other sorts of activities, you’ll likely also cut down on disagreements or arguments over technology. The message isn’t “turn that off now,” which is negative, and usually happens when parents have become upset. More proactively and positively, the message to your children could be “let’s go for a walk,” or “let’s play a board game,” or “let’s cook a meal together,” or “let’s do some arts and crafts,” etc. When you’re engaging your children in various other activities, you’re not saying “no” to technology, but rather “yes” to doing more. If you’re more present as a parent in these fun ways, balance will be something that naturally occurs, rather than something that is forced upon your children by limiting screen time.
With COVID-19 numbers improving, and with Spring being right around the corner, we will likely be getting out more, but managing screen time will still be a parenting task. Focusing on quality over quantity and together time will help with healthy and balanced technology use for your children during and after the pandemic.