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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:
So important to limit your child’s online presence. Keep your kids busy by doing outside play and other ideas to keep them busy.
It is so important to give your child a whole other world out there than behind the screen. There are beautiful and wonderful things out there they will miss otherwise. I like all of your tips here although a little unsure of the TV one. As long as it’s family and interactive I think it’s a positive. Although I do understand how getting teens to do anything as a family can be a bit of a struggle.
You are a great mother, I’m going to take some of your parenting lessons and save them for myself as my kids grow! Loved this post and the photos along with it!
I love these tips. I am always finding reasons and ways to get my 15 year old off her phone. She’s on it day and night. Personally, chores and a chat about “current events” seem to work
These tips really work. I get so worried with them always buried in a screen.
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
I love the limits you have in place. I think it is important to encourage children to contribute to the running of the home by doing chores and earning their screen time.
My kids are 16 and 19 and they are on their electronic devices quite a bit. These are some great tips to control that.
What an excellent idea. My daughter is not yet a teen and I am trying to reduce her screen time before then. Thank you for the tips.
Thankfully we really do not have screen time issues in our home. Great tips and suggestions. I will remember them if I ever need to use them in the future.
Wonderful! My kids are grown and they are all aware of responsible internet usage. I will let my sister know about Cujo. I know this will make raising teenager for her a whole lot better.
Chores and family time are brilliant distractions. I also love movie time too.
These are great ideas for me to use with my 15 year old gaming son! I am totally going to look into the Phonetic Eyewear.
Great tips – I could put these to use myself..!
I always find it amusing when I see kids watching so much TV and phone. Why can’t their parents let them play outside?
These are such great ideas for reducing screen time for teens. Jumanji is a great movie I remember watching it as a kid.
I feel so out of the loop because I had no idea that there was an app with the power to do this! We just got my son an ipod and I need to download this asap! And the glasses sound fantastic, too – so many innovative things!
I had no clue you could pause the internet. That is fantastic. I’d love to try out the glasses.
I’ve always wondered how the pause internet works with teens. Most teens have cell phones and then just start using up their cell data. I wonder if there is a way to block the data!
First of all I loved Jumanji and I was a kid in the 90s who saw the 1st one and I was impressed with the remake! Also this is good info my niece who is 9 has been getting distracted with too much screen time on tablets and phones so we are teaching her to do more arts and crafts.
My teen sister is always busy with her phone or iPad unless being told to do some chores. But it usually takes a lot of time for her to finally do the task. So yeah, they do need a limit.
Screen time with teens can be such a struggle. I like the look of the Cujo service – being able to assign limits to more than just phones or tablets sounds great.
We have been trying to reduce our children’s screen time. One of the worst things I did was get my kids tablets.
This is becoming a bigger issue for our family. I like these ideas. Hopefully it helps
These are such great ideas and with a 12 and 16 year old, I can definitely put them to good use!
Finding limits for teens is always such a challenge! I like the idea of family game time or movie time to get the focus off of technology. It’s just redirecting them to another activity instead of fighting them off of the screen time.
These sound like some great tips. I have to admit I don’t have kids myself but I could probably do with reducing my own screen time sometimes. I think with being a blogger I spend way to much time in front of the screen.
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
This is a big challenge. I find my son’s classes often require being on a screen too (seems counter productive). I think if there is something MORE fun to do than being on a screen, it’s easier to get them off of them.
We have rules when it comes to using computers, phones and pads. Dinner time is definitely one of those times, even for my wife and me.
Phonetic Computer Eyewear sounds like a very important thing to have to diminish the strain of looking at computer screens for too long. I like that they can be prescription specific.
Yep, it’s all about family time. We try to do family game nights as often as possible. We also have a no-device rule during dinner!
I have trouble limiting my own screen time. I bet it’s even harder for parents of teens!
Great suggestions! Teens seem to live on devices these days and setting limits is key. We all make it a point to unplug during dinner time and it helps us to reconnect after a long day.
You seem to be handling your son and his chores a lot better than we do. Your son does so much! Our kids are always on their Ipads and do a few chores. The limits you have are so smart and I think the kids win from that.