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5 Tips for a Family Digital Detox


Children in the digital age

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Is your daughter refusing to eat without playing her favourite game on the iPad? Are the bicycles at home getting rusty? Are you worried about gadget time increasing day after day? Then it’s the right time to indulge in a digital detox. Here are some effective tips for a family digital detox.

1. Less Screen, more green

Reduce screen time by 20 minutes (or more, depending on your child’s level of obsession) each week until your reach your goal. For every 30 minutes of screen time, make sure your kids get 30 minutes of physical activity. Make sure that there is no adult around watching TV.

2. A big NO to hand-held devices in the bedroom

The flash of light from a phone (even if it’s just to check the time) can break a sleep pattern. A regular alarm clock is best. Additionally, getting devices out of the bedroom means kids can’t text, call or play at all hours of the night.

3. Choose toys wisely

 Choose toys that will foster imagination and discovery rather than toys that move or make noise. In fact, get rid of all battery-powered toys. A very active toy is likely to make your child less active. And active children are wonderful at discovering fun and entertaining activities that will keep them engaged! For example, you could buy your little one an art table, add some crayons, papers and stickers, block painting with veggies. Sit back and enjoy the fun your children are experiencing.

4. Spend time outdoors

This tip would work wonders with your kids. Grab sometime to have a ‘Mom and me’ session every day. It could just be as simple as holding your kid’s hand and walking down to the nearby park. Have the little one look at others kids playing. Carry a story book that your kid likes and read the story to him. This tip is usually a big hit every time – tried and tested!

5. Be a role model

This is the most effective tip and also a challenging one. As parents we need to help our child find the right balance between the real and virtual worlds. Try and maintain a gadget-free zone when the child is around. If the child observes you while you are on a tablet or laptop, make sure that you communicate the ‘Why?’ behind it.

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Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought-provoking and fun activities that interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.


3 thoughts on “5 Tips for a Family Digital Detox

  1. sia

    There is a dire need for setting out rules. We as parents are becoming lax. Think about the discipline our parents enforce d .

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  2. Kritika Srinivasan

    Sia – not just rules for children. There should be rules for parents too, since we are equally addicted to FB, What’s App and random browsing. It is such a common sight to see a table full of people in a restaurant, with every person typing away or staring at the screen – no one talks to each other! :(. It would be comic if it were not so pathetic!

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  3. NIKHIL S

    Instead of saying RULES….We should Empower our Kids…by setting up nice Examples infront of them….After All Kids watch us and Copy always….Thanks….Parenting is all about EVERY DAY Work…Not of ONE SINGLE DAY….

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