Balancing Technology Use During Summer Break

Balancing Technology Use During Summer Break

With summer break upon us, how can we allow children to enjoy technology and ensure they keep their minds strong? In this blog post, we provide parents with practical strategies for helping children maintain a healthy relationship with technology during the summer.

Engage in Co-Viewing and Co-Playing

Instead of letting children engage with screens in isolation, consider participating in co-viewing or co-playing activities. This allows you to guide and discuss the content, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Encourage Educational and Age-Appropriate Content

Opt for educational apps, games, and shows that align with your child’s interests and cognitive abilities. Look for content that encourages creativity, problem-solving, and active engagement.

Create Tech-Free Zones and Times

Designate specific areas in your home, such as bedrooms or dining spaces, as tech-free zones. Additionally, establish tech-free times, such as during family meals or before bedtime, to promote face-to-face interactions and relaxation.

Be a Positive Role Model

Children learn by observing their parents’ behavior. Model healthy technology habits by limiting your own screen time and engaging in alternative activities. Show them the importance of finding a balance between technology use and other aspects of life.

Encourage Social Interactions

Support your child in maintaining social connections beyond digital platforms. Arrange playdates, enroll them in summer camps or community programs, and encourage participation in group activities to foster social and communication skills.

Finding the right balance for technology use in the summertime is crucial for your child’s well-being and future success. By implementing strategies such as engaging in co-viewing/co-playing, prioritizing non-digital activities, and being a positive role model, you can foster a healthy relationship with technology during the summer break.

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  • Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate

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