Are You Ready To Fight Screen Addiction?

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I have three children. My oldest has just turned 21, and my youngest two (twins) are 10. Screen addiction is something that I have battled with regularly over the years.

I’ve found it’s become harder as they get older and require computers more regularly for homework assignments and research, but I’ve always encouraged a healthy balance in our home. Have you noticed that one of the questions pediatrician’s ask when doing annual physical exams is how much screen time is your child getting? That was my first indication that I need to stay on top of this and encourage balance and set boundaries. Some of the things we do in our home to get off the screens are:

  • extracurricular activities
  • regular weekly play dates with school and neighborhood friends
  • home activities – craft projects, LEGO building, jigsaw puzzles, games, fort construction, Nerf battles, reading
  • other activities such as rollerskating, nature walks, beach days, farmer’s markets, theme parks, day trips, museums, visiting farms and parks, walking the dog, concerts, and live shows

Reading is something I encourage a lot, especially at the end of the day. The kids’ borrow books each week from the school library, and although I was supplementing extra material by downloading books to the Kindle app on their iPads I caught one of the children watching videos and playing games a little too often during reading time and so we decided that memberships to our local library were in order to borrow books on a regular basis.

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Want to know what you can do to fight screen addiction and keep a balance online and offline?

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TeenSafe has started the #FightScreenAddiction digital campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of screen addiction in our children.

TeenSafe is an invaluable service that allows parents to monitor their child’s iPhone or Android smartphone as well as view activity on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Kik Messenger. When you sign into TeenSafe, your teen’s smartphone data will be available for you to view. TeenSafe offers complete security and only you can access your child’s data.

Screen addiction can impact a child’s social development, school performance, and even their safety. But how do we protect our children when we live in a screen-obsessed culture, with smartphones glued to our fingers and edutech invading our classrooms?

THE FACTS (via TeenSafe):

  • The average 8- to 10-year old child spends nearly 8 hours a day with a various media. Older children and teenagers spend more than 11 hours per day. (NYTimes)
  • Over half of 12- to 17-year old children send and receive more than 60 text messages a day. (NYTimes)
  • Teenagers send an average of 34 texts a night AFTER they get in bed, contributing to sleep deprivation. (NYTimes)
  • 92% of teens go online daily. 24% of those teens are online “almost constantly.” (PEW Internet Research)
  • Several studies have shown that internet & gaming addictions can lead to atrophy in areas of the brain that govern executive function. (Psychology Today)

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We would love to hear how you fight screen addiction in your home, respond here in the comments, or share what works for you on social media using the hashtag #FightScreenAddiction.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by KidzVuz for TeenSafe #FightScreenAddiction

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About Tonya Staab

Tonya Staab is a content creator and the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore, a lifestyle blog that inspires parents to craft, cook, travel, and celebrate every day.

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