The psychologist gave four simple tips on how to wean a child off gadgets without throwing tantrums

The psychologist gave four simple tips on how to wean a child off gadgets without throwing tantrums


Managing the time a child spends in front of a smartphone or tablet screen can be one of the main problems of parents. Psychologist Claire Christensen assures that not everything is so terrible. According to her, viewing high-quality educational content can help children acquire important skills and develop emotional intelligence that will help them achieve success in the future.

The specialist assures that every family must achieve a balance that will be comfortable for everyone. However, parents will be looking for a way to avoid children’s tantrums when they need to put down their gadgets and switch to other activities. In an interview with CNBC, Christensen shared four tips that will help control screen time.

While banning all screen time is an overreaction, Christensen says parents should still have rules and strive to enforce them to create a routine. According to the results of research, children who are raised according to the rules are less likely to have tantrums due to the ban on using gadgets.


The psychologist gave four simple tips on how to wean a child off gadgets without throwing tantrums
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The psychologist recommends setting the viewing mode and planning the screen time. In addition, you should also observe the daily schedule. According to Christensen, this will make the process of turning off the TV easier for the child and will help to avoid being upset.

“Incorporating screen time into your children’s routine will make it easier for them to stop. If they know, ‘Every day we can watch TV while Dad cooks dinner, and then when he’s done we stop,'” it can reduce some of these hysteria about the use of gadgets”, – notes the specialist.

There are many studies, according to which short videos – from 60 seconds on TikTok to 10 minutes on YouTube – negatively affect attention, providing instant pleasure.


The psychologist gave four simple tips on how to wean a child off gadgets without throwing tantrums

According to Christensen, short videos especially “have a powerful effect on children”, so it will be more difficult for them to stop watching. Keeping this in mind, an expert in psychology advises to orient them for a longer time, for example, television shows. As the specialist assures, such programs can help “develop attention a little longer.” Thus, guys will insist less on watching an endless stream of short videos.


The psychologist gave four simple tips on how to wean a child off gadgets without throwing tantrums

If adults set the daily schedule, they should warn the child when the planned time in front of the screen is coming to an end. However, this should be done in advance. To avoid hysteria, the psychologist advises to offer something interesting before talking about putting gadgets away.

In the event that the time of using the tablet occurs immediately before a meal, Christensen recommends offering the child a drink of choice, for example: “Milk or juice?”.

The smartphone has settings that allow you to set a time limit for using the device, and you can also use special applications for this. However, in most cases, it works for smaller children.


The psychologist gave four simple tips on how to wean a child off gadgets without throwing tantrums

“One of the studies proved that children are less likely to react negatively to the end of screen time if they think that the tablet did it, and not the parents. The advice that parents usually like is to make technology “bad boyfriend” – says an expert in psychology.

OBOZ.UA previously reported that the key to raising successful children is not how much time parents spend with them.

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