Overwhelming Screen Entertainment
Resetting your child's digital habits may be easier than you think.
Get off the screens and get outside to build family connections!
Science tells us that there are many reasons why a young developing brain can be overwhelmed by entertainment screen use. Unlike the slow pace of childhood TV shows from days gone by, modern cartoons and today’s screen games are extremely fast paced and are stressful and difficult for a young brain to process. Chemicals like dopamine and adrenaline are released during this type of screenplay causing irritability, mood swings, meltdowns, loss of focus, trouble with impulse control, and anxiety for a young child. All of that causes unnecessary stress for many young families.
One of the first signs that your child is in over their head may be when your child begins to prefer his/her screen over non-screen time with family. If your kids are overusing their games and devices, if you are stressed over their lack of attachment to your family, if they are losing interest in other childhood activities, if they are becoming more isolated, there is only one thing to do: reset the screen use in your home and rebuild family connections. While it may be an adjustment and hard at first, you will be thrilled with the benefits. Making this change will, perhaps, be the best thing you ever did for your family.
Yes, resetting screen use takes motivation and some planning. Once you decide your family needs more time connecting, finding creative replacement activities is fun. Remember, your child does not need screen entertainment to be healthy, happy or ahead of the curve. What they do need is time for nontech creative play, time in nature, time for physical activity, time interacting face-to-face with others, and plenty of time for attachment activities with mom and dad. Yes, even teens need this too!
The good news is that it is easier than you think. For more information on kids and screens, doing a digital reset, and rebuilding your family connections, sign up for one of our upcoming seminars. Read more about protecting your family in the digital world in a recent Real Simple magazine article that Families Managing Media was included as an expert resource. Rediscover the fun you can have when you reset your screen use and reconnect with your kids today!