There’s no way around it, we rely on technology more than ever before and everyone is spending more time looking at their phones, tablets, computers and televisions. It’s not realistic to tell parents they need to keep digital devices away from their kids, but there are a few practical steps you can take to keep your kids healthy.
No Screens Before Bed
There’s been a lot of research that suggests a correlation between staring at a screen immediately before bed and problems with the sleep cycle. To help avoid any issues, simply implement a new rule that there’s no screen-time two hours before bedtime. Make sure your kids get everything they need to get done on their phones or computers earlier in the evening and spend the last few hours before bedtime on other—offline—activities.
Take Regular Breaks
One of the best ways to keep kids healthy is to get them in the habit of taking regular breaks from their screens. Ideally, they should be following the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Put limits on the length of time your child can be using a digital device and make sure to rotate other activities throughout the day so they’re not spending uninterrupted hours just staring at a screen.
Consider Blue Shield Lenses
If your child wears glasses and spends a lot of time in front of the computer or other devices, you might want to consider blue shield lenses. These popular lenses can help offset the harmful effects of blue light waves emitted from digital devices and help ease symptoms related to digital eye strain.
Lead by Example
Children often learn best by observing their parents. If you make an effort to put away your phone and engage in other activities, your children are more likely to follow your lead.
Keep your kids healthy and ensure you’re setting boundaries on digital devices, scheduling regular eye exams and considering blue shield lenses.
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