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Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to Set Screen Rules That Stick by by Caroline Knorr

It can be hard to know when to ask your kid to shut down a computer or flip off the TV. Here are some age-by-age tips for setting screen rules that stick.

Photo: Caroline Knorr

Caroline Knorr reports, "In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins."

It may seem counterintuitive, but getting involved with your kids' media is the first step to cutting the cord. Showing an interest, knowing what they're doing -- even playing along with them -- makes it easier to know how much is too much.

Photo: Common Sense Media
Every family will have different amounts of time that they think is "enough." What's important is giving it some thought, creating age-appropriate limits (with built-in flexibility for special circumstances), making media choices you're comfortable with, and modeling responsible screen limits for your kids.

Source: Common Sense Media

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