In today’s digital age, children are growing up surrounded by digital devices and screens. While technology can be a powerful tool for learning and communication, it can also be a source of distraction and hinder productivity. As parents, how can we help our children develop executive function strategies to manage digital distractions and use technology responsibly?
Set Clear Rules and Boundaries
Establish clear rules and boundaries around technology use, including screen time limits and device-free zones. Help children plan and prioritize their tasks and use tools like timers and calendars to manage their time effectively.
Model Healthy Technology Habits
Set a good example by modeling healthy technology habits yourself and avoid using devices during family time or meal times.
Encourage Physical Activity
Encourage children to engage in physical activity regularly to promote healthy brain function and reduce the effects of screen time. When children engage in physical activities, such as running, jumping, and playing games, their brains release endorphins, which promote cognitive flexibility and attention.
Use Technology as a Learning Tool
Use educational apps and games to help children learn new skills and reinforce positive technology habits. Assistive learning apps and technology are also terrific tools for helping students with ADHD manage their academic tasks.
By using these strategies, parents can help children navigate digital distractions and use technology in a responsible and productive manner. With the right guidance and support, children can develop healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their lives. For more information about executive function at home, attend our webinar for parents, Understanding Executive Function and Its Impact at Home and in School: It’s More than Clean Backpacks!
- Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate
SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org
Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org