Transcript for Creating a screen time detox for your family
Now to screen time detox. Trying to spend less time looking at your devices this year? Rebecca Jarvis is telling us how the whole family can break those screen habits in 2020. Here's a look. Once in a while Reporter: Screens are everywhere. In our homes, in our schools and for many of us in our own hands. 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there. I mean, that adds up to a big chunk of your day that you're scrolling on your phone. Reporter: So many days, in fact, that the CDC says if you added up all the hours kids spent watching their screens for fun, it would total 114. Even leisure activities that used to be about relaxing, now we have to document it and write a witty caption and check if people responded. That suddenly becomes like work too. Reporter: The acting of unplugging becoming a weekly tradition carried out by Tiffany shlain and her family. My husband and I feel more productive afterwards. More creative. There's so many benefits. Reporter: Shlain's family including a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old daughter view the day as a time to recharge and reflect. Even homework is off the agenda. Board games, napping, reading, journaling, going to the library. There's so many great things you can do. Reporter: But how do you convince your kids, especially those with teens, to get on board? Tip one -- Make the day a reward and so it's not what's being taken away but what you get back. Reporter: Tip two, have your kids create lists of things they want to do. Everyone is going to have a different list and try to have the day be a combination of that whole list. Reporter: And if your family isn't ready to take the 24-hour screenless plunge, shlain says you can start small right at your kitchen table. No screens at the table, especially at dinner. You will feel just a lightness and an engagement that you haven't had in a while. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Rebecca Jarvis, ABC news, New York. I think it's a great idea and actually a year or so ago I had an expert come to my house and help me figure out how to do less screen time myself in the apartment, and one of the things she said is find a bed for your phone, she made my bed for my phone in my closet. Put it away somewhere. So every time I'm home that's where the phone is so my son doesn't see me walking around it with the thing that much. It is a good idea. I do break the rules a lot. Anyway, Greg Dutra from our
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