Replace tube time with family time

Studies show that kids are spending too much time in front of computer and television screens. It's up to parents to monitor their children's viewing habits and enforce limits. If you’re concerned about weaning your kids from too much screen time, try these suggestions:

  • Sign kids up for a class, workshop or other regularly scheduled activity.
  • Have regular activities for them to look forward to, such as Family Game Night once per week.
  • Take your kids to the local school running track and time them while they race.
  • Get a pet. Caring for a pet or feeding wild birds are great ways  for a child to feel useful and constructive.
  • Let them choose a recipe and help you make it.
  • Volunteer in your community to make a difference.

Limits on TV time can make a difference too

  • Limit the number of screen hours, whether on a daily basis or limiting screen time to weekends only.
  • Come up with a family schedule for screen-time.
  • Keep screens out of bedrooms.
  • Turn off the TV during meals.
  • No “multi-tasking,” such as watching TV while doing homework. 
  • Make screen time a privilege to be earned; for example, TV is allowed only after chores and homework are completed.
  • Set a good example by limiting your own screen time in the presence of the kids.