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  • 9 Things You Can Do If Your Child Can't Seem To Put Her Phone Down

    One important step is to educate yourself on the dangers of excessive internet use.
    by Kate Borbon .
9 Things You Can Do If Your Child Can't Seem To Put Her Phone Down
  • Excessive screen use has been proven to have adverse effects on children’s physical and psychological growth and even their self-esteem, especially for teens. Unfortunately, many adolescents are becoming more and more dependent on the internet, according to a recent report.

    9 tips to curb your child's excessive internet use

    1. Set reasonable rules.

    It can help to include your child in discussing internet rules at home. For example, you can give her one hour of internet use on weeknights after she finishes her homework and a few extra hours on weekends. Remember that the goal is to help your child control her internet use and not control her.

    2. Educate yourself.

    As Verywell Family says, you won’t be able to talk to your child about the dangers of excessive internet use and screen time if you’re not aware of them. Take the time to learn about those risks and how kids can suffer from too much screen time.

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    3. Talk to her about the dangers of excessive internet use.

    Once you have familiarized yourself with how excessive internet use can be dangerous, have a frank conversation with your child about these. Make sure to address it in a way that she will understand well.

    4. Install parental control applications.

    There are many different kinds of software you can install in your devices to screen your child’s web searches and filter out inappropriate content. You can also block certain websites if necessary.

    5. Establish tech-free zones.

    Designate certain parts of your home as areas where no one in the family can use screens. Examples are bedrooms, so that screen time doesn’t get in the way of sleep, and the dining room, so that mealtimes are reserved for eating and family conversations. You can also situate gadgets in areas where you will be able to monitor what your child is doing easily.

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    6. Set aside tech-free times.

    In addition to tech-free zones, set aside specific times of the day when no one is allowed to use screens, like an hour before bedtime or weekend afternoons so that you can focus on family bonding.

    7. Encourage her to do other activities.

    The internet can be entertaining for kids, but it should never be your child’s only source of entertainment. Make tech-free activities a priority at home and encourage everyone to practice other hobbies like reading, playing outside, or board games.

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    8. Make screen time a privilege.

    Once you have established rules on your child’s screen use, don’t allow her to get extra screen time as a reward for following those rules. Instead, stick to the rules you have set and look for other ways to reward her behavior.

    9. Interact with her during screen time.

    Research has proven that kids can benefit from active screen time or screen time that encourages them to move their bodies or practice problem-solving. Talking to your child about what she is watching or doing online can help her reap those benefits.

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