We’re well into the summer holidays now and if you have kids, they have no doubt, been requesting to spend hours glued to their screens. We do it too, I know I am guilty of the “Just a sec,” response when I’m busy looking at Instagram dan the kid asks them for something. If it’s hard for us to jump out of the digital world, just imagine being 4 when the lines between fantasy and reality are already blurred. Add to the mix a super-engaging, colourful, fun, immersive experience. Or you’re 8 and you’ve almost finished building something amazing in Minecraft. Why would you ever want to stop?
So what can you do to get your kids away from screens and outside in the sun a lot more?
For starters, you’ll probably just have to put your foot down and set times that they can and cannot use bits of technology. You obviously shouldn’t be too strict because they’ll have that hint of bitterness and unfulfillment about them, but set times are the right way to go. They might bite back at first, but sooner or later they’ll become at one with the routine they’ve been put into.
Typically, kids find education boring! Not all of them, obviously, but a significant amount. If you want them to do less screen-looking, then maybe making them do things they don’t exactly want to do might help. Whether it’s teaching them basics like copying and pasting (https://setapp.com/how-to/copy-and-paste-on-mac), or working through a spreadsheet, it’ll surely be a lot more tedious than, say, video games! It’s a win-win because they either stay away or they learn something and are productive!
Up until a certain age, your kids will literally do as you do. They look up to you. If you behave a certain way, then they’ll follow suit. It is how it’s always been and how it always will be. If you want to sit indoors, scrolling away on your phone, then they’ll want to copy you. Either that or they’ll think it’s the norm. Be spritely regarding active things and be positive about heading outside in the hot sun. They’ll probably want to do the same.
Get them excited about things like sports, crafts, socializing, and visiting places. It might be hard to convince them at first, but you’ll get it if you keep at it. Perhaps you should even buy tickets for certain events of book tours for cool museums. They might be more excited if they actually have something in front of them to look forward to.
It might not be the greatest trick you’ve ever pulled, but it might work if they’re young enough. You obviously don’t want to scare them, but the idea is to get them outside. Come up with something that will deter them from sitting all day indoors!