With so much entertaining technology right at our fingertips, it can be difficult to get kids outside when they can explore whole new worlds through video games and videos. However, it doesn't have to be an impossible feat, and there are some simple ways that you can help disconnect your kids from their devices and get them out into the sunshine.
1. Only Allow a Certain Amount of Time Online
Smartphones are one of the leading forms of connectivity in the world, and as of Q2 2018, they accounted for 63% of all visits to retail websites. While (hopefully) your kids aren't using their phones to buy things on your credit cards, they can still spend hours watching videos, chatting with friends, and even playing games. Smartphones have quickly become an all-encompassing device that can be quite addicting.
To help give your kids a break from screen time, make a household rule to only allow devices to be used for a certain amount of time. This can be an hour or two a day, or only between specific hours, such as before breakfast or after dinner. However, to make the rule stick, you don't want your kids to see you constantly using your device while they're not allowed to use theirs. When installing this rule, try to practice it a bit yourself so that you can set a good example.
2. Keep Your Child's Games Secure
If your child loves playing a specific video game, it can be hard for them to part with it, especially if they don't want to lose their progress. To help put their minds at ease, you can explain that their saves are secure and that they can pick up where they left off without worrying about losing out. Most gaming consoles use solid-state drives that incorporate flash memory for durability, reliability, and performance. Although kids may not understand the specifics, knowing that their games are properly saved can make them feel better when taking a break outside.