BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Are you looking for ways to limit technology use in your home?
According to the CDC, the following tips can help.
1. Lead by example: You have to disconnect yourself if you expect your kids to. Once you set boundaries for technology, you have the follow them! That includes not taking work calls or emails at the dinner table.
2. Have alternatives in place: Brainstorm fun activities your kids can enjoy that don’t require technology. Be creative, and make sure the activity targets each child if you have more than one. Not all children will be stimulated by the same activity, so feel free to mix the activities up, and make them a tradition for your kids to look forward to.
3. Strike a balance: Everything in moderation. Because for most of us technology is unavoidable, find a comfortable balance that fits your family and stick with it. Make it known what the balance is. (i.e. 1 hour with your cell phones a night, between 6:30-7:30 p.m).
4. Go green: Playing outdoors is a great way for kids to say entertained and an easy alternative to using technology. Studies even show outdoor activities can reduce ADHD in children. So set aside time every day for your kids to just be outside.