How to limit screen time for kids

With many new tech devices out there, it has become more difficult for children to put their phones away.
3:14 | 12/27/19

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Turning now to a big question some parents might be asking. Why can't your kids turn off those screens? The kid right behind me slid her phone under the seat there. Another kid down here just dropped his phone while I'm trying to get on TV. It could be a difficult task here, but listen to what some of these kids told our parenting -- this parenting site sheknows.com for their need for these Do you feel addicted to technology? Yeah. All: Yeah. I could stop if I wanted to, but I don't want to. I use my phone four hours a day. This week, it was five hours. I use my phone for six hours a day. My weekly total is 45 hours and 26 minutes. 44 hours and 3 minutes. 52 hours and 20 minutes. How long on tiktok? 16 hours and 20 minutes, and on YouTube, 6 hours and 30 minutes. It's so addictive. I go down the YouTube rabbit hole a lot. I'll just, like, find myself spending more and more time on tiktok usually at, like, 2:00 What's addictive about it is it's an endless bowl of soup. You keep going and you keep scrolling. I feel like I wouldn't have any friends if I didn't have my phone. There's no way to, like, entertain myself. If I'm bored it's just, like, well, my phone's there. Joining us now, our good "Gma" friend and mom.com editor, Ericka souter, and at least it's not like -- is that a good first step? It seemed like those kids were aware this is too much. These kids are spending half of their waking hours online, and that's a huge issue. It's important for parents to try to step in and limit the screen time. You can do it right now. Short-term solutions to some of this. Set yourself up for a battle. You're going to get pushback. That's inevitable, but one of the first things you can do, is no phones at the dinner table or, you know, any meal times. That's an important first steppe. No phones overnight in the bedroom or even the bathroom. It makes no sense. If you can't go those five or ten minutes, that's a serious problem. Limit it right there. And the charging station, one for the family, why? It means the kids are not using their phones overnight, and it means they're getting a better night's sleep because they're not disturbed by that phone. Timing. Is this how long they're on it? There are apps that can limit the amount of screen time. We have a two-hour limit on my son'sipad, and after that's done, he can't use it. Let's talk long-term. There are great long-term solutions you can do. You might want to invest in a router that allows you to monitor each family member's usage time, and you can limit it individually based on that family member's needs. You can cut them off. Yeah. You can cut them off with the you might want to also invest in some tech-free activities. Your kid might be into art or sports or music or dance. Put all you can into those, and emphasize and encourage them. It must be fun at your house. We appreciate it so much. Thank you as always.

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