Tip 3: Be Involved

TIP 3: Be involved in how your child uses digital devices.

Set up your computer in a high-traffic family area and negotiate realistic time limits with children for online activities.

Setting usage guidelines will prevent distraction at school and encourage a healthy night's sleep, assisting a balanced lifestyle.

This can be a bit difficult if your children have their own laptops, tablets, or mobile phones, which can’t be so easily monitored. We recommend that you discuss the amount of screen time the family is comfortable with and monitor your children’s use. Balance screen time with physical activity and non-screen based activities.

Encouraging the use of digital devices in shared areas of the home area will encourage children to be more open with their online habits. With this in mind, it’s recommended that you aim to keep digital devices out of their bedrooms, especially at night time.

Conversation starters to help you discuss this with your children:

  • How long do you think you spend with screen based activities? Let’s agree on what’s OK.
  • Why do you think some kids would feel lost if they didn’t have their mobile phone or computer to use?
  • Do you think that you spend enough time doing your hobbies, hanging out with your friends? How can you make more time for these activities?