Firstly – this is not a competition. Encouraging and developing healthy habits is key to gaining the most from our screens while maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the offline world. In doing so, everyone wins!
Believe it or not, it is not necessary to have a set amount of screentime for any individual. This can be difficult to manage (and even more difficult to adhere too!) and could cause needless arguments or stress. There will be times this summer when it suits everyone for children to have more screentime – and that is fine! If the balance shifts to include more screentime one day, it may be helpful to try and engage in more offline activities the next. A ‘one size fits all’ approach is not sustainable or helpful to anyone.
Have a go at completing to evaluate how you balance your online and offline activities as a family. This might be a good opportunity to talk about the digital content and media those in your care are engaging with, and establish some consistent routines to allow for healthier screen habits all around!