You just get home from picking up your little ones at TSL Adventures after work. You’re so excited to see your older kids. So you walk into the kitchen, where they sit and do their homework every day after school. You’ve got great news to tell them about something that happened today.
“Guess what! I got a…..” And your voice trails off.
They’re not listening. They’re stuck in their own little world of tweets, memes and mindless scrolling.
We get it. You’re confused. You’re frustrated. What makes that tiny little screen so much more entertaining than the world around your child?
Don’t blame your kids; blame the world around them. They were born into the era of smartphones, tablets and instant access to information. It’s only natural, despite what you might think.
As helpful and entertaining as all of this technology can be, there is a downside. Exposure to screens before bed can cause sleeping troubles. Spending too much time navigating the social media world can decrease productivity levels, as you may have noticed with your kids. By the way, have they unloaded the dishwasher like you asked them to yesterday?
And perhaps most importantly, studies show teens in the smartphone era are more depressed than ever, largely due to their friends’ glorified social media lives, which often appear greater than reality indicates. Jealousy and insecurities arise, leading to mental anguish among young people.
So what can you do to help? You probably already have taken away your child’s phone or tablet, or even limited access on the home computer. Schools have tried to do the same thing. But it’s just not going to happen, no matter how hard you try. So you need to compromise. Here are some simple (and reasonable) compromises you and your children can make so that they don’t spend too much time on their devices, negatively impacting their physical and mental health along the way.