5 EASY ways to get your kids off screens!

Are your kids screen addicts?  If so, you’re not alone.  A recent report showed that kids as young as 6 years old were spending an average of 44 hours a week on games and tv.

All screen time isn’t bad, of course.  Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. wrote the following in an article for Psych Central.

“Like anything else, how — and how much — it is used is more important than the fact that it is part of life. It is part of the culture. A kid who isn’t engaged with media… may be at a competitive disadvantage at school and eventually in the workplace. And used well, the Internet is a wonderful source of information and fertile ground for exploring.”

The problem remains, however,  that children are now spending more time on the “screens” in their lives than on any other single activity.

So what can we do?

Here are our top 5 tips on getting the kids to reduce their screen time WITHOUT them even noticing:

  1. Pick the right games or apps. There is some argument that video games improve hand/eye coordination. Some games even get kids moving.
  2. Govern your own screen use especially in front of the kids.  The old adage of “do as I say and not as I do” has never been more apt.  How many of us are worried about our kids screen time but at the same time, still prioritising our own screen time over other activities?
  3. Let your kids get bored and eventually they will get discover other activities that interest them.
  4. Start playing cards or other board games together as a family.  Let the kids lead on this and get them to suggest games that they might be interested in.  Initially they may be reluctant but once
  5. Get outdoors during the summer holidays, and spend some time away camping or come to for a glamping boutique retreat at Pagel Based in the beautiful Lot department in South West France, Pagel is a special place for families where you can have fun and laughter, make new friends and create memories to last a lifetime.

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