Print Edition - 2018-09-06  |  Health and Living

Parents need screen time limits too

  • New Study

Sep 6, 2018-

As much as children need limits on their smartphone use and screen time on other devices, parents need “off-hours” time, too, according to a new resource published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Children learn smartphone habits from their parents, so it’s important to make time to unplug and “single-task,” prioritise quality time with children, and resist the urge to document everything, the authors write. Dr Jenny Radesky of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and co-author Dr Megan Moreno of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison first recommend that parents step back and think about their relationship with their phone. Instead of using it as a stress reliever, take deep breaths and go for a walk. Instead of withdrawing into a phone to avoid difficult family interactions, purposefully engage with others and potentially confront issues.  They also recommend that parents think about what aspects of their smartphone stress them out the most, such as checking email or the news, and saving those for a time when family members are not around.

Published: 06-09-2018 07:42

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