Trying to limit screen time in this world can be a daunting task. Especially given that the majority of homework, even for elementary age students, is done online. How can you figure out the difference between good screen time and bad screen time?
Good screen time is educational
There are so many apps and websites that are trusted places to learn a plethora of topics. My favorite educational topics for creating awesome screen time have to do with coding and math. Others can teach letters and shapes for younger kids, and even games that seem more entertaining can actually teach engineering concepts. It's really a fun and easy way for kids to learn a lot!
Bad screen time is mindless
I'm looking directly at you, YouTube! While there are a few channels out there that can be educational, the majority of channels that kids enjoy are of other kids opening things. I still have no idea how that is even remotely entertaining. When the screen time offers nothing but mindless entertainment, it's a good idea to limit the amount of time spent with it.
Good screen time encourages teamwork
Apps, programs, and even video games can offer kids a chance to work together as a team. This can help them collaborate with others, which will definitely help them as they grow older. The ability to work well with others is a skill that kids will need to have when they become adults. It can help them learn to recognize others strengths and abilities to better delegate tasks or work together to accomplish a goal.
Bad screen time changes attitudes
Whenever a child is becoming overly frustrated with a game, or getting too emotionally involved, it's time to turn off the screens. If their demeanor or attitude changes for the worse, and they become quick to anger, or become too upset over small matters, too much screen time can be a huge factor. Sometimes kids just need some fresh air to clear their minds.
Learning the right balance can be a constant struggle. It's important to continue to be involved in the screen time your child is using. Continue to check on your child to figure out for yourself which types of screen time they enjoy. As you stay involved, you will be able to notice both the good and the bad changes in your child, and adjust their screen time accordingly.