In her latest blog, our Education Manager and mother of two Jess shares her experiences on screen routines. If you'd like to keep up to date on cyber safety advice and app reviews, subscribe to our free monthly newsletter using the link (above right on desktop, below article on mobile).
During the school holidays, my kids seemed to be staying up later and later, and with this came more screen time before bed. But now our little treasures have gone back to school it is time to ensure they are getting back into their good habits and routines. This includes getting all their homework done, in bed on time and getting enough quality sleep.
It's commonly known that kids thrive on boundaries and routines, which absolutely applies to screen time too!
When I first started at Family Zone I had a conversation with Matilda, my 7yo, about what we both thought had to be done before bed and how long we thought she should have “iPad time”. Even at 7yo, kids generally know what is fair and what is expected of them. So together we wrote out her evening timetable. Complete with her own illustrations!
It was important for her to be involved in the process as she would be more likely to follow her own rules.
It has given my daughter some control and power in the situation, which we know kids love and need, and of
Every household will be different and will have different needs and expectations, but for
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