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These days, it can be difficult to parent when your child is surrounded by glowing screens begging for their attention. Whether it’s cartoons or video games, children seem to be constantly surrounded by entertainment that can undermine their overall health and well-being.
The worst offender, however, might be social media. Overindulgence of social media for a child can result in body-image issues, eating disorders, anxiety, insomnia and much more. To keep your child safe and healthy with a balanced relationship to social media, we’ve highlighted several tips below.
If you don’t have a healthy relationship to technology or social media yourself, your kids are unlikely to learn from your mistakes. In fact, they might just embrace your bad habits to a greater degree.
Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself about whether you have a problem with your technology usage. If so, it could be time to work on yourself for the sake of your kids and their future.
There are easy apps you can use to regulate the screen time of your kids. And you don’t have to limit everything if you don’t want to. If there are educational apps that your kid needs to use for school, you don’t have to limit them. You can specifically limit social media apps such as Instagram, Facebook and TikTok to ensure your child isn’t overindulging.
If your child finds themselves bored often, it could be easy to reach for their phone and scroll through social media. It takes no effort and can cure a bored mind in an instant. Instead, try to introduce your kids to active hobbies that will keep them busy and having fun.
For example, you might pay for guitar lessons for your child or take them to a youth group. If they like art, take them to a community painting class. Once your kids find hobbies they’re passionate about, it will become easier for them to avoid social media since they’ll be too busy having fun.
Raising your child in the digital world isn’t always easy. But when you take the right steps, you can set your child up for success. Try to be a great role model, find your kid healthy, active hobbies and limit their screentime to help them avoid a social media addiction.
For more tips on how to keep your kids safe from social media overuse, check out our infographic below.
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