Originally Posted by Snydley
The problem is the lack of moderation, not the screens themselves.
We came up with a concrete plan. I have a list on my bedroom door of everything that must be accomplished before screen time: Beds made, everything from floors and dressers put away, dressed, one half-hour of reading, one half-hour of screen-free time outdoors.
After this checklist is complete, they are allowed 1.5 hours of screen time that can be allotted incrementally, e.g. in half-hour chunks, or taken all together. (I believe that American Academy of Pediatrics is saying 2 hours maximum, if any of you want to justify allowing more time.
We don't have tablets or Smartphones, but if we did, they would follow under all of these rules, as would Pokemon Go at the park.
I warn the children that on special days, such as travel or family outings that take a long time, there may be no screen time at all, and that's OK. I also gave them a pep talk about how as they grow older, the memories that will stick are not the ones that involve Minecraft, but the ones of making friends, climbing trees, playing hopscotch with sidewalk chalk, blowing giant bubbles, etc.
All screens go off at 8:30pm, even on weekends.
My plan may not work for all families, but the point is that it's good to make a workable plan that sets those important boundaries.