Q: How do I unplug my child from technology?
A: Our children’s lives are dramatically being redefined by our use of technology. While parents can’t rewind time, we can take intentional steps to unplug kids from the electronic world.
- Set clear tech-free times. “Plug out” during family meals, in the car (when you and your child can be talking) or whenever a conversation involves your child. Invest in a cell phone program that allows you to block access to the web and control the number of texts and minutes, and turn off incoming calls and texts at certain times, particularly during school and after bedtime.
- Use media to connect. Learn to text your child, play video games with your kids and find a television show you can enjoy together. Make sure you also talk to each other while you’re playing or watching.
- Find healthy alternatives. Many kids get plugged in because they don’t know what else to do. Get out those puzzles, game boards or playing cards. Set up that basketball net or encourage hobbies like knitting, yoga, beading or drawing.
—Dr. Michele Borba, Sharecare.com expert, Psychologist and Author, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions
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