Everyone wants to have the fun of their lives without having to do a day’s work if possible, but welcome to the life that doesn’t work that way. And since that imaginary life doesn’t work for adults, children should at least have an idea of limitations with respect to the fun. This helps train their mindset in knowing that there are more important things to do than sitting behind the screen, and we can achieve a limited screen time for our children by;
Making them aware that the screen time is a privilege and not a luxury: We all can get caught up with life that we forget that living in itself is a privilege and not a luxury. But occasionally, we get reminded by the happenings around us. In this same light, our children can also be reminded regularly that having a screen time at all is a privilege and not some luxury they purchased. This makes them appreciate the little time spent on the screen without having a feeling of discontent.
Ensuring the children earn screen time: Money not earned cannot be spent, screen time not earned cannot be used. I would say final, but flexibility is needed occasionally. We can train our children with this mindset of earning their screen time. When this is done, it will encourage the children to clear out every job prior to the stipulated screen time, to ensure they enjoy the full time. Viewing this in a bigger picture, it makes the children realize that work comes before play, and on growing up, they will always put their work before play.
Dangers of more screen time should be taught: Our children should be made to realize that the more time they spend behind the screen, the lesser things they can experience outside the screen. The world is now digitalized to the extent that the only friends some people have are the friends behind the screen, and this affects socialization negatively. This and many other adverse effects of screen time could be averted if we educate our children on the advantages and disadvantages of excess screen time.