It is not uncommon to see a toddler or child with a tablet or some kind of electronic device entertaining them. You see it at dinner, in the store and even in your own homes but how much is too much? It is not terribly wrong to let your kid play some games or have some fun on a tablet, and if the app is even educational then it might be worth their time and your time.
There are some steps you need to take and restrictions that you need to set so your child does not get addicted to video games or other electronics. Your child has all the potential in the world and so much of it depends on what you allow them to do and develop in their childhood. Here are some tips that you can follow that will help you manage your kid’s time on video games or other electronics.
Set Time Limits
This is the most basic step of them all and can make the most difference. If you only allow your child to play on the tablet for 30 minutes to an hour a day then they will not depend on that for their entertainment all day. If this is something you want to do then you need to make sure you still to that time limit so they know that they only get a certain amount of time. You can even make this a incentive like “If you do me this favor I’ll let you play for an extra 30 minutes today!”
Make It a Reward
Instead of just handing your kid their tablet every day, you can make them earn it or work for it. For instance you can give it to them only after all their chores or homework is done. Then they would learn how to prioritize what is important in their life and what is not. If they know at an early age that homework is more important than angry birds, it could help adapt into a healthy habit that could get them through college.
Change the Wi-Fi Password Daily
This is a great idea for families with teenagers or older kids who have smartphones on all the time. You can change the password daily so they have to get their more pressing things done first. Then once all their chores are done they can get the password from you and then they can go about their day playing on their devices, and you don’t have to worry about their homework or a dirty house.
Talk To Them
The most important and effective way of making sure your kids are not too addicted to video games is by just flat out talking to them. Make sure they know the importance of reading, going outside and getting active. Kids are smarter than most people give them credit and if they are treated right and respected then you will be surprised by what you might see. However, you have to remember that they are still kids and they need a lot of help figuring things out and getting ready for those big challenging moments in their lives.
Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.