Keys to Limit Your Use of Screens

Our use of screens has increased considerably this past year due to the lockdown. However, there are other activities we can do to be offline as much as possible. Continue reading to find out what they are!
Keys to Limit Your Use of Screens

Last update: 20 June, 2021

You must limit the use of screens for your own well-being. Indeed, many of us don’t realize that too much time on mobile devices increases our risk of physical and mental illness.

Many think their cellphone is the only mode of entertainment and can’t think of what else to do for hours on end. They fill their time watching movies and series online. Nevertheless, there are many other fulfilling activities worth investing time in.

Many studies report on the damage caused by the excessive use of screens. This occurs in addition to affecting visual health, for example:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits
  • Exposure to inaccurate information
  • Exposure to harmful or inappropriate content
  • The violation of privacy
  • Exposure to cyberbullying

Now, in addition to these risks, research also provided some suggestions to help reduce the negative impact of technology. We’re about to detail it below so continue reading.

Suggestions for limiting the use of screens

The suggestions made by specialists on this subject include the following:

  • A child under two years old shouldn’t use screens at all.
  • After the age of two, parents must limit the use of screens to one or two hours a day.
  • Ideally, there shouldn’t be any screens in the bedrooms so leave them in other common areas of the home.
  • Pay attention to what young people are doing online.
  • Learn to discern between what may or may not be accurate information.
  • Use the cell phone with caution, it emits ionizing radiation.
  • Explain the risks of a possible invasion of privacy through social networks to young people.
  • Limit the use of cell phones or other devices at important times, such as at meals or family gatherings, for example.
  • Keep children from entertaining themselves with electronic devices.

In addition to the above, you must place a special emphasis on younger people. This is because the damage to them is greater. Ok so, what can you do to limit the use of screens during your free time?

A girl seated in front of a computer.
It’s important to supervise children during screen time. In addition, there must be rules that limit the use of these devices.

Suggested activities to limit the use of screens

Here are some suggested activities to do at home with the little ones to limit the use of screens.

  • Charades! Every team must guess the character they’re trying to represent
  • Blindfolded hen is a game that’s fun for everyone and consists of blindfolding one of the players, who must try to catch the rest and guess who it was they caught
  • An exercise marathon in which everyone does squats, exercise routines, sit-ups, among others (this is ideal to stay in shape and release stress)
  • Board games, most people have some at home but can come up with some if they don’t
  • Furthermore, drawings can stimulate the imagination and you can even offer prizes to the most innovative ones (drawing is quite positive for the little ones)
  • Playdough is fun for the whole family and making things with it helps relieve stress and anxiety
  • In addition, painting, be it with fingers, brushes, or other tools, is fun and relaxing
  • Everyone has an idea for a craft such as making a new handbag or learning to knit a scarf, use your imagination and enjoy the beautiful results
  • Many scripts include both adults and children, so just find them online and print them out to do several rehearsals until you’re ready for a show (acting in a play has many emotional benefits)
Playing games is a way to manage the excessive use of screens.
Limit the use of screens by sharing games as a family.

Other ways to spend your free time

As you can see, there are many things you can do, all you need is a little imagination. Many people have gone back to making sock puppets, karaoke, plays, or simply trying tasty recipes with the whole family.

Use what you have at home. There are many things you can do to recycle materials!

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