Managing your kids’ electronic devices does not have to be invasive
Parents know it’s important to manage and monitor their child’s screen time and devices, but it can feel overwhelming and time-consuming. In this video, Dr. Nicole shares some simple tips on how to easily and effectively manage kids’ electronic devices in your home so your kids can be safe and healthy online.
Helpful steps to manage kids’ electronic devices
One: Sit down with all of your kids’ devices and set up parental controls
Two: Set controls for content and time limits
Three: Take a look at some of the 3rd party apps out there that make managing your kids’ device safety easy
Four: Come up with a few device-free zones in the house. Set up a charging station for devices to be stored when not in use
Five: Consider establishing a rule for no devices at dinner and in the bedroom at night
Six: Start having conversations with kids about what is healthy, safe and appropriate when it comes to devices
Another concern that comes up is that some parents worry if this is too invasive and if they should allow their kids more privacy. To that I say, think about the child’s age when it comes to privacy. Because of the nature of the internet, I do think it’s important to use parental controls for children. It is perfectly reasonable to allow a little more privacy for your teenagers if they’d displayed responsible use of their devices.
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What kind of questions do you have about managing screen time for your kids and teens?