Watching TV is considered screen time

Screen time for kids - how to use it properly [& benefit from it]

Screen time is that new unit of measure that our parents and grandparents don't understand. If you are still struggling to find the right size for your children, then this article is just right for you. In addition to practical tips for implementation, you will find out how you can make the most of your kids' screen time for yourself.

Children love screens, but how much is right?

And did you actually know that you can use your children's desire for colorful pictures behind glass in a meaningful way for yourself?

How long were you allowed to watch TV as a child?

For me it was the famous one Children's hour. So the one hour a day when something was on TV that interested me. Then the normal went again Adult program.

How easy it was for our parents in the past. A screen on which something was only played for a limited period of time that children are beginning to find interesting. A self-regulating medium.

Today we face completely different challenges. There are screens with enticing content everywhere - TV, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, ...

In order to do justice to this situation, a completely new term has even emerged - the Screen time.

This article is all about that screen time and how you can use it strategically for your family life.

Set screen time

Children love everything that has a screen. If it were up to them, they would play around with it for hours and forget about everything else around them.

I think it is important to let children both watch TV and enable them to use media such as tablets and smartphones. The right Media literacy it can only be obtained if you learn to interact with it in moderation.

As Rule of thumb I think the following times are suitable:

Preschoolers: 30 minutes a day

Primary school children: 60–90 minutes a day

As I said, these times are not set in stone or any maximum standards. As parents, you should think about how much screen time you want your child to have. For us, for example, it fluctuates during the week. At the weekend, the time in front of the screen is sometimes longer.

How to determine the net screen time

In order to use the screen time sensibly for you, it is important to determine beforehand how much of this time you can really use. These Net screen time is really time that you can freely distribute throughout the day.

Do you have certain rituals when your child watches TV or plays the iPad, such as B. after school? Are there any programs that play a role in your daily routine, such as B. the sandman after going to bed?

You can take these times into account when calculating the net screen time.

Screen time as strategic Parental aid deploy

Now that you have determined how long your child will be with a screen employ may, it's time to think about it when this screen time ideally takes place.

Of course, granting screen time can be totally flexible and spontaneous. But why shouldn't you use these times strategically in such a way that You also have something of it?

I bet you've never looked at it like that before. Click to tweet

As a father, you surely know the situation. You want to do something, but the children keep coming up with something so that you don't get to do anything at all or you are constantly interrupted.

Here the screen time develops its wares Superhero potential. Used sensibly at such times, it can be a real nerve healer or productivity turbo.

Opportunities for the strategic use of screen time

As inspiration on how you can use screen time for yourself, I've listed a few examples of when I've used the superpower of the screen.

  • Phone calls - Make appointments, discuss a few important things with the bank, the tax advisor or simply with your buddy. When it is a bit quieter in the house, I can simply concentrate better.
  • Important banking matters - there are things that I have to focus on. These are things like when I take care of our bank matters or do the tax return. Here I use the screen time to work on something for 30–60 minutes without any disruption
  • Cleaning, cooking, mowing the lawn - When doing some work in and around the household, it can be dangerous if you are interrupted (e.g. if you have a pan with hot fat on the stove), but at least extremely annoying. The miracle weapon screen time can also be used here


You can run as a role model again

As you can see, the strategic use of screen time is very suitable to save your nerves and get some things done. This wonder weapon quickly leads them to do so as panacea to use.

As an adult, you are challenged to be responsible with this Resource to deal with and to the Rules of the game (Total screen time).

That means in plain language, stick to the time, even if what you are doing takes longer.

If you are not finished yet, other measures will have to be found.

TV, tablet & Co are not babysitters Click to tweet

If you let it grind in that the time is flexible when it suits you - your child will demand the same flexibility and the nice plan to teach your child media skills is gone.

The most important skill that you need as a father is in demand here again - consequence.

Bonus tips for practice

I have a few tips for you to put into practice.

What should the children fill their screen time with?

You certainly don't want your kids to be killing your screen time with anything. therefore I have linked a few tips for the most important media (TV, tablet, smartphone).

Apps are not only fun but can even be very educational. Here you will find a selection of apps that are installed on our devices.

broadcasts on TV are not as flexible as you might think, but if the timing is right, I think these TV programs are good (many of them are also available on iTunes, for example).

Streaming playlist if nothing suitable is playing on TV or you are not a fan of it because of all the advertising on TV, you can take advantage of the new streaming services.

Making technology child-proof

Our children spend most of their screen time in front of the iPad. If that is the case with you too, you can think about how you can protect your expensive technology. The hardware is one thing, the software and apps on your iPad are another.

If this is of interest to you, you can read about it in detail in my instructions.

Our parents may not have faced the challenge of teaching children media literacy with all the different devices, but they also did not have the opportunity to benefit from it themselves.

I hope you will take some useful tips with you on how to get the best of both worlds for you.

Screen time, no matter what device, can be a handy tool for parents. It's perfectly OK to use them strategically throughout the day when it suits you.

It is important that you, too, deal with your children's screen time in a disciplined manner and not just park them in front of it when they are difficult or you don't feel like it.

And now?

How do you plan to use your children's desire in the future or on which occasions have you already used TV, tablet & Co. to help? Post me your answer in the comments.

Categories phase 2 (your child is 3-6 years old) Keywords life as a father