It's Probably Time to Put Your Family on a Tech Diet, Here's How

Nicole Singh

Whether you love it, or hate it, the truth is we live in the tech-age, and it’s likely that our dependence on technology in the workforce, and daily life in general is only set to increase. But when it comes to raising children with technology, deciding how often they should interact with it—if at all—is tricky, and dependent on each parent. However, one thing most can agree on, is that there needs to be some boundaries set on time spent in in front o fa screen.

In a study conducted by Panadol, and reported by POPSUGAR Australia, "For over half of the country, using our phone is the last thing we do before falling asleep and the first thing we do when waking up. And— you might have guessed it—two in five millennials have suffered tension headaches or migraines due to constantly being switched on to their devices." revealing that constant access does have potential negative impacts.

Simply wandering the street, you’re likely to find a little one using a device younger than you ever did, and according to Rebecca Gruber from POPSUGAR, putting her family on a tech diet, is the best way she has been able to monitor and foster a healthier home environment for her family.

Keep scrolling for the three easy ways Gruber was able to limit her kid's screen time. 

SET DINNER TIME AS A TECH-FREE ZONE

Whether you’re eating out, or dining in, take the opportunity to make meal time a space for open communication, "Not only is it rude to have your device at the table, but it's too tempting to check it when it is lying on the table. Use the time to talk about your days, learn what's going on, and just connect. The messages will be there when the meal is over."

BAN DEVICES FROM BEDROOMS

Here, Gruber suggests that parents follow the same rules as the kids do, showing them that it is important to switch-off long before you are actually trying to go to sleep, "You don't need to be checking your email or social media accounts before you get out of bed every morning, and you don't need to check them right before closing your eyes for the night."

CREATE A CENTRAL CHARGING HUB

Gruber also advices creating a hub where phones go at the end of the day, "With all the family's phones and tablets in one space, parents can keep a better eye on them—and ensure that the kids aren't on them when they're supposed to be doing homework or falling asleep. It also makes everyone aware when one of the devices is "missing"."

To learn more about parenting in the age of technology, read The Big Disconnect by Catherine Edd Steiner-Adair.

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