Controlling screen time for kids can be a challenge. Between TV, smartphones, iPads and tablets, computers and video games, the added time between all of the devices can easily escape parent’s notice and suddenly, kids are spending several hours a day with recreational screen time. Limiting devices in the home, having screen free days and setting time limits are all ways to try to control time spent by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours of combined screen time for kids and none for children under the age of 2.
Screen time coupons are one way to try to control and monitor screen time. By having coupons that kids have to “cash in” for every designated time allotment on screen time, parents can help control the time in a week. Kids can learn to manage their weekly allotment and when the coupons are gone, they are done for the week. Let’s see you allow 10 hours a week, with maybe a 2 hour limit per day and you give the coupons out on Sunday. By the next Friday, if they have used all 10 hours, there is no screen time for that weekend. Kids may have some leeway to earn some extra time, of course, within limits.
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