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Technologies have without a doubt changed lives for the better. However, there is a looming risk when this technology lands in the hands of tween. At such a young age these electronic devices can develop into an unhealthy addiction. Due to these online classes these devices were essential part of their routines. But excessive use of phone have turned in to their addiction . These addiction can have many negative effects like body image issues ,low self esteem , anxiety , depression and many behavioral disorders.
So how to prevent tween from getting addicted to these gadgets and turning them into their lifeline? Well, 5 techniques will help do so.
Restrictions on the use of phones
Of course, this will not go down without a battle. Just like any addiction, there is a withdrawal and the kids will have their reaction naturally. Instead of snatching it away and irritating the child, try reasonable ways of approaching the idea. Limit the use of the phone during meal
times, family times and in the morning after waking up. Also, cut off phone use during late-night hours to ensure better sleep.
There are many apps available on smartphones, android, and iOS alike, that help parents monitor their kid’s time on their phones and prevent excessive use of phone
Introduce phone-free days
After restricting phone use try introducing phone-free days. This can be done so in family outings where there are already many distractions. On such family days, the whole family spends time with each other and doing things together.This will give the tween a significant amount of screen break. Although it does not have to go for 24 hours. Allow the kids to check their phones from time to time. This technique will affec thealth positively.
One device at a time
There are often when kids are on multiple screens at a time. Like watching TV while using the phone. One screen is bad enough that more than one can extremely harm their health.Multiple screens can be restricted for example while watching movies the phones should be
kept away, no use of the phone while doing homework on a laptop.
No phones in the bedroom
Most adults have a habit of using phones as their alarm clocks which means their phones stay next to their bed all night, it is natural the kids will follow the same ways. Having phones as a first interaction instead of humans can be bad. Try setting up a station where all the phones are charged for the night and only to be touched after all the greetings and common
Setting boundaries on social media
In this day and age where social media seems to be a must-have, apps like Facebook,Instagram, TikTok, and more are certainly off-limits for pre-teens. Despite this, kids still know how to download and use these apps. Age restriction on the apps by the parents can be implemented. If conscious decisions are made to bypass the age restrictions, then the
tweens’ actions should be closely monitored by the parents. Allowing a certain time to use these apps is also a better way of monitoring.
It isn’t easy to get tween to spend less time on their electronic gadgets. It takes hard work.As we all know that excessive use of phone can be harmful.So it is necessary to introduce healthy habits and development before they enter their teenage years.
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Do read my previous article in these series of : “Parenting TweenS”