So, for me screen time is quite a new concept to be thinking of. This seems really strange as it is so widely discussed in the media, especially when it comes to little ones. Only last week I saw something crazy on tv where mums were testing how long babies would actually watch screens for before becoming unhappy…turns out, not very long, especially at 7 in the evening!
But back to my little family, and Mia in particular. At six years old, she is as familiar with most screen-based tech as adults. She has grown up with smart phones, tablets and Netflix and in some ways this is great. However, I have noticed in the last few months, maybe even since Joe was born, that her daily screen time has crept up. Whilst the handy screen-babysitter is occasionally necessary, I think both her and I had become far too reliant on it.
Having tried an outright screen ban, with a detox type approach in mind, and failed horribly, I thought quite carefully about what to introduce. What we are trying at the moment is a maximum of an hour’s screen time in the morning, and no more than two hours after school. The same applies for weekends, which I have to admit is a little more difficult. We are all following the same principle, although I do have to confess to a tiny bit of extra phone screen time for *essential* email, Instagram, Pinterest checking. So far, so good…and we have more free time which is lovely.
I would love to hear how you manage screen time in your family. Any tips or handy ideas would be so appreciated!