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Kids and screen time. A few tips from our Canadian Living readers

By: Teresa Sousa
Canadian Living
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Kids and screen time. A few tips from our Canadian Living readers

By: Teresa Sousa
iPad Kids and screen time. It's definitely a challenge in our home. I find that we are constantly bickering with the kids about their use of screen time. We have a password on the iPad and a timer on the desktop computer. They need to ask for permission to use the iPad and once the time runs out on the computer, they are done for the day. A friend of mine allows her children one hour of screen time per day. They can use up that hour however they want: chatting with friends, online games or social media but when that hour is up so is their screen time. We can't be the only ones that feel it necessary to limit our kids time spent in front of electronic devices. I was curious to see how our readers were dealing with this very issue so we posted this question... " Most kids, if allowed, will spend hours upon hours in front of a screen. How do you manage screen time with your children?" on our Canadian Living facebook page. Our readers are a crafty bunch! Their answers definitely gave me some food for thought. I love the measures parents are taking to ensure their kids spend more time being active and less time in a zombie-like state. Here are a few of their responses... I was terrible at managing it until recently. Now I change the internet password regularly and make them do chores, read etc before they get it. I also have a son who will watch tv if I take all else away so I recently did this/Christine Betts Duffield Screen shot 2014-10-08 at 11.39.22 AM Mine get 30 mins on iPod after chores n homework/Stacy Krygsman When they are allowed on the tv or devices, we set a timer. We also made a no tv/devices rule after supper for kids AND us adults!/Sandra Naughton Fields Turn it to the children's music station and dance and sing instead./Anne Bird I taught my daughter origami, and now crocheting. She just made her 1st scarf, and it turned out lovely!!! And for my eldest daughter---I buy her a new--or used book- every month..and we go to the library at least twice a week./Kathrina Onufreychuk-Osborn Our kids "earn" screen time./Elsie Dickson No tech during school and 1 hr of tv if everything is done/Lesley Canam-Dugas No games on school days. No electronics till homework is complete. Max 2 hours game time. No exceptions./Hue Nery One TV show or a half hour on the iPad a day is our rule. And only after homework and dinner./Shayni Clarke Screen time app from screentimelabs.com. Amazing ! Can restrict time and apps. Great. Its free. but if you want upgrade for remote access there is a fee. I use the free package./Monique Ruta Howat We have a timer on all our electronics - adults included. It shuts off automatically so there is no more excuses or begging of just one more minute-as adults we need to set the example for our kids./James Lori Shipley I try to lead by example and spend time with my kids, outdoors as much as possible, I also encourage them to help with what I am doing, ie cooking, household repairs, gardening, tuning up the bikes. It can be frustrating, and painfully slow sometimes, but the rewards and memories made are worth every moment - I make it about a journey together, not a race to the finish line./Kimberley Hamilton Colbourne We did not have a problem until Minecraft ... So we use an egg timer and he gets a specific amount of time between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the day. We also have a no screens 30 minutes before bedtime rule. Generally he would rather be playing outside./Norah Gibbons We got rid of cable. We are outside a lot being active or else she's usually parked in her "office" writing fan fiction etc./Yuki Hayashi So now I'd like to turn it over to you. How do you limit your children's screen time?   image courtesy of flickingerbrad/Flickr    
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