4 Tips For Managing “Screen Time” With Your Family

June 26, 2018


Advice from an expert: Dr. Delaney Ruston of Tech Talk Tuesdays and "Screenagers"."

Finding the right balance between screen time and face time can be a challenge for any family in 2018. "To keep our sanity, and our face-to-face conversations alive, my family follows four rules," says Dr. Delaney Ruston in a recent Tech Talk Tuesdays blog. Here are her four tips:

  1. No phones during meals. Family breakfasts, lunches, and dinners should be reserved for face-to-face conversations.
  2. No phones during homework time. In order to concentrate and read deeply, distractions like smartphones (and TVs) should be out of bounds.
  3. No phones at bedtime. Dr. Ruston says to keep electronics off "when the lights go out," but studies have also shown improved sleep quality when children and adults avoid screens for 30-60 minutes before going to bed.
  4. No phones during family outings. This one may sound extreme, and we recommend keeping phones on-hand for emergencies during any outing. But keeping them tucked away and out of reach is a great idea, to ensure the family focuses on staying in the here and now.

For more family technology tips, visit the Tech Talk Tuesdays blog.