Have you ever stopped talking in the middle of a conversation because your kid zoned out? You finally get time to talk to them, their phone beeps, they pick it up nodding their head and 2 seconds after that you are just talking to apiece of wood. They might still be nodding or adding occasional “hmms”, but you know you lost them.
Welcome to the digital world full of distractions – to interrupted meal times, improper sleep and almost zero hours of quality family time. Even if you are sitting down together, there is always a beep, a buzz, an indicator light or the desperate need to pick up phones and then it is nothing more than a bunch of zombies, engrossed in their screens.
Plagued By Devices
It is devastating to know how our kids’ devices keep them busy. They don’t even realize it but, they have become screen addicts. Two minutes without them and they are haunted by an irrefutable need to check their social media, complete the next level of a brand new game or text. Apart from the disturbed family time, there is a butt load of physical and mental health issues that come with excessive screen time. It damages their eyes, sleep patterns, body metabolism and mind.
Out of Sight, Out Of Mind
I have experienced it myself that if you keep the devices out of your reach for a while, you start to get less independent. Your concentration gets better and you stay more in the present. So, here is what you need to do. You need to reduce their device use to keep them safe from all the health issues and have uninterrupted, fun filled time with them. It’s not only you who needs it but, them too. They need actual human interaction and real-time relationships in order to grow.
Use FamilyTime Limit Screen Time feature to do it. It lets you lock their phones or tablets restricting their access. They simply can’t use their devices anymore and hence they have to do something else. You have to set the start and end time of their curfew and the app handles the rest. You can set them during meals, night, study time or weekends. You can make different schedules for different age groups. Add recurrent days and then let FamilyTime do its magic.
There are predefined rules for:
- Homework time
- Dinner time
You can make your own as well. As much as you like.
So the next time your kids zone out… well, they won’t because you already know the solution!
Don’t Let The Screens Hover!
So now you know what to do. You simply have to cut short the hours to reduce the addiction and dependency on their devices. Put the screens to rest with FamilyTime and meanwhile talk with your kids, play games, bake, read, hell even jump on the living room couch. Just have fun together because you both need it.