Increasing Success with Screen Free Week
Success with Screen Free Week Author:
Krista Flack, MS OTR/L
· -Limit options to educational games and shows only. There are plenty of shows and games with educational benefits, and those have more to gain, and less negative impacts, than those intended for entertainment only.
· - Schedule in time for the absolute favorite shows or games, but skip the rest!
· -Find a fun way for children to earn screen time. You can find downloadable charts to earn
this one) or to complete specific tasks prior to any screen time (like this). Make your own for extra customized options!
· -Lock up the electronics! This can be literal (placing them in a safe, out of reach box, etc., or figurative, by downloading apps that track and limit activity (a few are mentioned here).
· -Be a good role model. Take this challenge with your child and for one week, say goodbye, or limit, your own screen time. Try to keep work at work (within reason), get off social media, and live in the moment. Let your kids teach you their games, read a book together, or have a family outing.
· -Make a Boredom Jar. Make a list of all the things that can be done INSTEAD of screen time. Write down ideas and place them in the boredom jar, pulling an idea out each time you are tempted to turn on the TV or get out the iPad.