Tech Break Tips for Families
Role Model the Behavior You Want to See From Your Family
Before you can help your family develop a healthier relationship with tech, you'll want to make sure you're role modeling. Check out the tips here.
Create Scree-Free Areas
Bedrooms: Charge phones outside of the bedroom
Cars: Especially for short trips around town.
Develop a Screen Time Contract
Silence, boredom, and daydreaming have all been proven to be extremely beneficial to our mental health. We don't seem to give ourselves a break and experience these moments of disconnection.
Give yourself a break the next time your find yourself waiting in line or for someone, try not to grab for your phone.
Have Regular Screen-Free Days
Ask for Help
Often times, overusing technology can be a sign of another issue going on and is used as a way to escape problems. If you or a family member is unable to decrease screen use, seek help from a mental health professional. Treatment of technology overuse and addiction is still very new in the United States however there are a number of resources available to you. Click here for more information.
Listen to the Experts
Although more research is still needed to look into the health implications of digital media use and children's development, there has been a significant amount of research done
Set a Media Cut-Off Time
Power off Before Bed: An hour before you head to sleep, shut everything down. Studies have shown that using media before you go to sleep can make it difficult for you to fall asleep and your sleep quality may be affected. This is because screens emit LED lights (aka blue lights), which end up tricking your brain into thinking that it's daylight when it's actually bedtime.
Buy an Alarm Clock: 80 percent of people check their phone in the middle of the night. Take away the temptation by removing devices from your bedroom and buy an alarm clock.
As humans, we are wired to crave companionship and recognition from others. That is one reason social media sites are so powerful, they connect us with one another. However no amount of online communication can substitute an in-person conversation.
Uninterrupted and in-depth conversations (without phones) are what help us learn, develop empathy, bond, and even keep us healthy. Psychologist, Susan Pinker has discovered that people who have more face-to-face interactions are overall in greater health and live longer. So the next time you're going to e-mail or text a friend, try asking them out for coffee instead.
Use Media Together