This original method from a psychiatrist father to reduce his children’s screen time

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    Don’t know how to get your child off television? A psychiatrist seems to have found the solution.

    All scientists agree that the misuse of social networks, television and computers has consequences on the physical and mental health of children. That’s why a father, doctor and psychiatrist, decided to act. He established a surprising rule…that has already attracted many other young parents.

    Children should do different activities… before looking at screens

    The doctor is the proud father of seven children, ranging in age from one to fourteen years old.

    To impose the digital time limit on her children, she first explained to them the reasons why excessive exposure could harm them. So it certainly allows them to play on the console or on a tablet… as long as they’ve done certain tasks beforehand.

    Thus, in his TikTok video, the young dad explains that he imagined a list of activities that his children must do before they can use an iPad or a console, such as:

    • “Clean your bedroom”;
    • “Do your homework” ;
    • “Get some exercise or go for a walk outside”;
    • “Are your things ready for tomorrow?” ;

    Although this method may seem original, it invites the little ones to have fun outside of the console. They also realize that certain things must be done at home and that they cannot be postponed even tomorrow.

    I don’t force my son to exercise every day, but I do set rules and limits around screen time. Did he decide that he wanted to have more time after school to play with his friend? Well, to do that, he realized that he had to get up a little earlier and exercise in the morning. (…) This morning, for example, he had a big smile. He felt better about himself. I had the opportunity to tell him how proud I was of him,” explains the father.

    A practice that has already attracted many Internet users.

    No screen before 3 years

    In France, the High Council of Public Health (HCSP) estimates “that before the age of 3, screens should be prohibited if the conditions for parental interaction are not met“.

    As for the World Health Organization (WHO), its opinion is more nuanced: “It is not recommended to place a one-year-old child in front of a screen (to watch television, a video or a video game). At two years old, one hour of screen time should be a maximum; less is more“.

    The world authority also recommends a maximum hour in front of screens”between 3 and 4 years“.

    But the context in which screen use occurs also plays an important role. For example, stopping using your phone during meals is an effective way to pay more attention to your children. The quality of interactions will only be better.

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