This document is designed for a sixth grader with a wireless enabled devise like a chrome book. Additional guidelines are needed for portable devices like phones or ipods etc. Feel free to use or make one for your own children.
It’s summer and the kids are home a lot more than the rest of the year.
Boys at our house are 8 and 12. The 12 year old also has a wireless enabled devise (The W.E.D.) used for texting and following sports.
Here’s our screen matrix… Each child may choose 2 a day on a nice day (there is an option to add a shared 3rd on rainy day if siblings agree i.e. a movie.)
- The Home Computer 25 min.
- You Tube 30 min.
- X-Box 40 min.
- Movie 90 min. (up to 2 hours-ish)
- T.V. 60 min. (anything with episodes)
The challenge is overcoming boredom with something other than a screen. With frequently rainy days and super hot days kids struggle to get creative and the number of screens on the menu is ever increasing.
Chores for Screentime
We’ve added chores (mom’s choice) to trade for 15 minute screen deposits. Which got our sinks and toilets clean today. Pretty sure that was my 8 year old’s first experience with a toilet brush.
The Sibling Equation
The obstacle is that it is very difficult to get kids to engage a screen solo and not “piggyback” a sibling’s time.
Must get out of the house.
Keep the remotes out of circulation…