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If you have a teen like we do, you know how much time and dialogue is involved in getting teens to reduce screen time. We have heated discussions and spend so much time trying to get my son to spend what I consider a healthy time away from screens.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re a connected family! We all love technology, so I feel it’s our job as parents to find ways to bring technology to unite not divide us. I came up with a few tips to reduce our teen screen time, which has been working successfully and I am going to share with you today:
How to reduce or shut down teen cell phone usage during vacations and family trips
Having my son with his face on the screen the whole time we’re on vacation made me pause and try to find a better way. So we use Cujo to pause or limit his phone usage while at home. No more nagging, he doesn’t even complain because he knows why his service no longer works.
How To reduce the impact of screen lights damaging rays on teen’s eyes
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Replace Long Screen Hours With Family Time
Friday night or Saturday night is family game night, depending on his basketball schedule. We spend time playing a board game, which our son really enjoys. I also plan one activity every week, bringing him out of the house, out of the computer and having us spend time together, instead of online.
This past week we went tailgating with Best Buy! It was a job assignment, but he and hubby went through the exhibit, played the games, tried out the gadgets and entered the sweepstakes while I was working on my assignment and we went for a Philly Cheese-steak afterwards at our favorite place for the best cheese-steak in Philly: Tony Luke’s! He loved it!
Use Google Home trivia for teen fun time
We sometimes ask Google funny questions, curiosity, trivia, things we’re discussing during dinner time, which keeps him engaged with technology but it’s a fun way to have the whole family engaged with it, without being attached to a screen.
Using movie time as a way to bring your teen to spend time away from screen
We sometimes pick movies on demand or on special channels which we know will capture our teens interest and most times we don’t even have to invite him, he comes, checks it out and sits to watch it with us.