Children and screens: how to supervise access?

This is a thorny subject that is the subject of much controversy. What strategy to adopt with your children? No screens at all, limited or unlimited screens? Despite everything, screens are an integral part of our lives and our children want to use them like everyone else and also like us grown-ups. It is becoming difficult to prevent them from doing so.

We all face this dilemma, we all prefer to see our children running, playing and drawing. However, the use of screens is in the spirit of the times.

It must be said that the total freedom behind the screens produces a form of addiction and the more children have access to the screens, the more they demand them. In addition, screen shutdowns cause frustration and family conflicts.

                                       
How can we proceed to avoid perpetual battles?

                     
Let’s start by making a list of reasons why we should keep our children away from the screens. There are several important elements to consider:
      

  • addiction,
  • deterioration of parent-child relationships,
  • socialization problems,
  • concentration difficulties,
  • academic disinterest,
  • loss of creativity,
  • weight gain,
  • waste of time,
  • sleep problem,
  • aggressiveness

        
The solution lies in a form of logic and balance between family, child and screens:
                        

  • Choose with your child the times and elements to which he or she can access.
  • Accompany him on the screens, do not leave him alone in his room or elsewhere otherwise drifts will be inevitable.
  • Explain the risks, dangers and benefits of existing and chosen websites when using screens. The Internet is a great tool. However, it is necessary to learn how to use it wisely.
  • Install a browser with secure sites and choose which ones to bookmark. Use a well-configured parental control with separate user access.
  • Setting rules and limiting access are an integral part of education and the role of modern parents. Do it according to your child’s maturity and age.
  • Also set an example for your child, especially by putting down your phone and communicating directly with them.
  • Organize family readings or board games with all screens turned off and without laptops.
  • Always sit at the table without a screen and enjoy moments of family sharing around the meal.

It is becoming complicated to completely ban screens from children over five years of age. It is a question of belonging to the world in which they live. Although they can help us progress in various subjects; used excessively, they can have serious consequences for the youngest.

Since 2012, Benk has been working with families on screen times to fight school dropouts and concentration disorders.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about using the screens at info@benk.ch

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