Screen time is at an all time high, especially for kids and teenagers. Whether they’re playing video games or watching videos on social media, children are usually using technology. Research shows that too much screen time is bad for children both physically and mentally. It also can lead to weight gain and impaired learning skills.

To help your children fight the urge to mindlessly scroll social media, it’s important to have moments where they have to disconnect from all of their devices. Cutting screen time means teaching your children healthier technology habits and how to be present with others. Here are some ways to limit your kids’ screen time at home.

Model the Behavior You Want to See

Children will mimic the behavior they see from their parents. If you want your children to have less screen time, then you also may need to separate from your devices. Try creating specific technology-free time, where the phones and tablets are put away. This may look like having “screen-free” dinners. 

Get Outside and Be Active

There’s nothing like the great outdoors. When you have children, going outside for fresh air and nature is critical. It’s also a lot of fun.

The weather will determine the activity, but lean into what the outdoors have to offer. During the winter, you can build snowmen. The spring could set the perfect backdrop for dancing in puddles or picking flowers. The summer season could be the time for water balloon fights, while the fall’s darker atmosphere could provide the best time for a game of hide-and-seek. Regardless of the weather, embrace time outdoors with your kids, creating those technology-free lifelong memories.

Organize Playdates With Other Kids

Help your kids make friends in real life by setting up playdates with other children. If they are older, then encourage them to invite friends over to the house to hang out. The quality time with friends will help distract them from their technology and aid them in building lifelong relationships.