Emotional outbursts. Lost sleep. These are signs that your kids are spending too much time with digital devices. Here’s what you can do about it.
1. Pay attention to your children’s emotional relationship with screens, not just how much time they are spending with them.
The Problematic Media Use Measure is a questionnaire you can use to help determine if your school-age child has a problem with screens. It asks about issues such as preoccupation (“Screens are all my child seems to think about”) and deception (“My child sneaks using screens”).
2. Don’t just make technology rules based on time.
Parental controls and posted schedules can be useful, but they don’t work without getting buy-in from your kids. That takes talking — and listening.