Our easy screen time rules is sponsored on behalf of OurPact. However the thoughts and opinions are our own. I’m pretty passionate about kids and technology after spending three years teaching in an elementary computer lab. If you’re like our family, technology is a huge part of your life!
All you need are some easy screen time rules to help keep things a bit balanced and it’s okay for technology to be part of your busy family life!
Easy Screen Time Rules for Busy Families
As parents, I say trust your gut about the screen time rules you have for your family. We all know our situations the best and make judgements on what is best for our kids. It’s also important to remember that things like screen time rules should be flexible. You can adjust them whenever the need comes up! It’s not like they’re set in stone!
So start with some basics and build up your expectations for what screen time looks like in your home!
Screen Time as a Privilege
One of the best things we have done is made it clear that screen time is a privilege in our house. It’s not a right. It’s not a given. You can have it but you can lose it too.
If you set that expectation with your kids, you’ll be able to set the limits.
Screen Time is Not Alone Time
Another basic to keep stressing with your kids, especially as they get older is that screen time is not time spent alone. Make sure your kids know that as a parent you have access to everything that’s going on. You can check in on all of it.
This is a good expectation to set when they’re young so it’s just part of the routine as they get older.
No Screen Time Zones
Set up times in your day or certain settings that are no screen time. Let your kids know that the dinner table is not a place for devices. It’s a place to chat about life and enjoy a good meal together.
Another no screen time zone might be when people come over to visit or you’re visiting someone. Your family might have other no screen time limits but those are a good place to start.
You can also use software or an app to help you manage your children’s screen time. In the past we’ve used OurPact to help us and now we’re getting even more help from OurPact 2.0!
OurPact has recently the new version that includes a redesign of the iOS app and a new web app! You can find the web app at OurPact.com!
So now we have use OurPact on any device! Considering we have a desktop computer, a laptop computer, Android phones, and iOS tablets this is great news for us! Plus it’s free and easy to use!
If you’re wondering how OurPact can help you manage your child’s screen time, there are actually a few different ways!
- Set limits on how much time your children spend on their device.
- Create schedules for screen time for each child.
- Block Internet and app use.
- Give extra time allowance.
I’ve loved that I can manage profiles for both of my kids from the same dashboard. It lets me set individual limits for each of them. You might not need this, but if you do then OurPact is a great solution.
Click here to check out OurPact for yourself!