Learn the mechanism of how kids start to overuse the computer, smartphone, and other screens and follow the steps to prevent screen addiction in kids.
I don’t want to watch our Son disappear into the virtual world. I don’t want him to watch cartoons on screens as a baby, nor I want later my teenager to spend hours every day with mobile devices. I’m thinking about how to prevent screen addiction in kids. Because I want our Son to have contact with me, with people near him and just simply with the world.
I admit that probably I am already addicted to the internet. The reason for spending so much time every day with my mobile phone, iPad, or computer is that it is so easily accessible. The devices are mobile. Too mobile.
Quickly accessible and cheap entertainment that suits our needs because it offers a variety in which we can choose.
So we jump in, dive and disappear.
How to prevent screen addiction in kids?
So how can we make our children not disappear into the computer? The only way that can bring success – in teaching anything – is parents’ own example. Now we can go to step number two where our title question changes into:
Do you use the Internet, your computer, and your phone as tools? Or do they use you? Are they for you substitute for real relations, real fun, real life?
Now we can go to step number two where our title question changes into:
How to overcome internet addiction?
1 | What, where, and when.
Answer these basic questions about your internet use. Note what kind of activities do you do: apps, work, photos, websites (what kind?), social media, email etc.
I noticed that I use the Internet in different situations when I have time, but not too much (waiting for something). The screens work for me also like chocolate – they quickly make me feel better when I’m anxious.
So make your own investigation into your Internet use. Your observation can give you answers on how to prevent screen addiction in kids – by not letting them follow your bad habits.
2 | Set rules
in terms of what, where, and when. – In the first point, you described your current use of the Internet. Now describe your wanted use.
For example, you can choose not to use electronic devices after or before a certain hour. It’s recommended not to use electronics in your bedroom. Firstly to calm your mind by not looking at things associated with work, secondly because of the harmful radiation. Of course, you can prohibit yourself from using certain apps or reading certain kinds of websites.
For practical tips and a checklist that will help you reduce thoughtless and unfavorable use of screens, see the page Rules for Digital Minimalism in the Go Minimalist Workbook.
3 | Follow the rules!
Try to do as much as you can to get closer to the description in point 2. During practice, you can rewrite the description much time to suit your current needs and abilities to live without 🙂
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What can you gain?
Time. For sleep, for loved ones, for doing nothing.
– More quiet mind. Fewer ideas, less news, less information leads to fewer rubbish thoughts. And that means less stress.
– New ideas. From your own head, completely original and suit your situation. Not given readily as on the Internet.
– Children you want: connected with their family, running, dancing (not watching music videos), singing (not only listening), drawing (not only watching others’ art), observing nature.
Be as you want your kids to be. Because you’re their first example.