How much is too much screen time?
‘How much screen time’ is a debate that rages hotly and VERY LOUDLY in many family homes, or perhaps only ours. I am sure the neighbours would agree that if not just us we could win prizes for our volume.
It’s a difficult one because often the consequences are hidden. Unlike the debate; how much wine is too much wine? This is an easy one; generally, if you fall down, that’s a fairly good indicator you’ve had too much.
Some of the physical factors that can occur with too much time in front of screens are:
I can spend a whole day staring at my laptop, tablet, or phone. In fact frustration can kick in when I have to get off to cook a meal or go to the toilet. For god’s sake that’s what baked beans and nappies are for are they not?
With tablets, phones, online TV and apps like music.ly it also difficult getting Molly and Lulu to limit their time on screen. I’ve even heard them talking to each other in American accents. What the heck?
It can be difficult but set down rules early on so that they become second nature. During holidays and the weekend I find it hard keeping the routine from going to pot but find that confiscation works best. If rules are forgotten a whole day minus all screens is a great reminder.
We are still discovering how this online life we lead is affecting our social, physical and mental health. Until we know more it’s important to try and keep a healthy balance. Make sure you:
Good luck with your balancing act.
Do you have any tips for getting teenagers to adhere to the rules around screen time?