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How To Create Healthy Screen Time Habits In Your Home

 

 

How do teachers help our kids fall in love with learning? They create an environment that helps inspire our kids to want to learn and do it on their own. Encouraging our kids to choose Healthy Tech Habits can work the same way if we create an environment that encourages it. It also helps stop screen time battles.
Today I’m sharing my easy tips to make creating a healthy tech environment in your home easy!!

Hi I’m Chelsea!! Welcome to Family Friday, where I teach practical tricks to help you find balance and keep you and your family safe on the Virtual Playground.

TIP #1 Hide The Technology. If you look around any classroom, everything is placed with Intention to create the ideal learning space. Teachers don't have things out that distract from learning like snack bars,
or movie posters
displayed. Many Schools even lock away cell phones to create a better learning environment for our kids.
The same is true in our homes. If our kids see tech devices everywhere that it’s usually the first thing they go for.
Create an out-of-sight home for as many tech devices as you can; even the remote controls and video games controllers. Out of sight, out of mind.
What about teens and kids who have their own devices? Locker Charging homes are a great starting point but you may need more than that. So hang on, I've got some really handy tech hacks to help you out.
 
TIP #2 Have Other Activities Easily Accessible. Many teachers will prominently display these activities throughout their classrooms to create excitement and inspire our kids to choose to learn on their own.
The same is true in our own homes.
Having screen-free toys,
games and activities as the first thing our kids see in various rooms subconsciously encourages them to play with those items. It's even more effective if they're things are kids are love doing like
puzzles, board games,
building blocks,
books, sports,
art and craft supplies,
slime kits,
etc.

TIP #3 Try New Things. One of the things I love middle school and high school is our kids getting the ability to choose which special classes they want to take.
Elective classes like
mechanics,
cooking,
fashion design,
dancing,
weightlifting,
etc.
are great ways for our kids to explore their talents and ensure they have a well-rounded education.
This same thing applies to non-tech activities.
Helping our kids explore new things like
building models,
DIY projects,

LARPing, or
interior design gives them something outside of technology to do that interests them!!

Share the screen free activities your kids and teens love to do in the comments!! I'll make a blog post from the results so we can all get some new ideas in one place.

LAST TIP Create Virtual Reminders To Turn Tech Off. Every classroom always has the rules and expectations prominently displayed to remind students of how they are expected to act.
Placing physical and Virtual reminders on our devices can help encourage healthy habits with technology for us and our kids. And these things go beyond screen time monitoring settings.
It is as simple as removing all of our enticing games,
streaming services,
and anything our kids would want to do from phones and tablets.
Or turning off autoplay features.
It also helpful to have some virtual tech boundaries to turn off distractions.
These are things such as disabling notifications,
implementing screen time limits, and using our router and device filtering software
to limit distractions. We can even temporarily block distracting websites our kids
visit when they're doing homework to encourage them to stay on task.
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