Your Child’s Screen Time Is a Privilege, Not an Entitlement

Screen time is a privilege, not an entitlement. Children are entitled to things like food, clothing, shelter, education, and love. However, many children have gotten it into their heads that they are also entitled to screen time, especially during the pandemic when they are learning and playing on the same device. Some children might even be suffering from headaches, disrupted sleep, and vision fatigue from screen overuse.

To create a healthy relationship with screens and reduce your arguments, your family will benefit from creating a collaborative plan that details when, where, and how screen time will occur. Start by having a conversation with your child about how much screen time is reasonable.

If your ideal is two hours and your child wants four, consider compromising with three hours so that your child feels listened to. Determine the baseline amount of screen time they will be given every day and at what time that screen use will occur. Baseline screen time doesn’t get taken away unless your child is misusing the time by using forbidden apps, engaging in online bullying, or otherwise breaking house rules about digital safety. Maintaining clear, consistent expectations and simple routines will help avoid constant arguments about screen time.

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