How to control your child’s use of tablets
You have tablets in your house, and your child will definitely notice that. But you know that using such devices for long periods would affect them negatively and in different respects. To prevent that, you only have to apply four rules. What are they?
How to prevent tablets from affecting your child’s personality
1 Follow the 3-6-9-12 rule
Your child loves to scroll through tablets. But using tablets for long periods of time affect children’s mental and physical development. Therefore, control this and apply the 3-6-9-12 rule, which is:
- No TV for the children before they reach 3 years of age.
- No personal devices before they reach 6 years of age.
- No internet before they reach 9 years of age.
- No social media before they reach 12 years of age.
2 Choose a tablet in accordance with the age of the child
- Before your child reaches 6 years of age, it is enough to get them a tablet with simple functionalities (technologies). This will help in satisfying their curiosity.
- This tablet allows them to enjoy fun educational games.
- After the child reaches 6 years of age, you can get them a more advanced tablet suitable for their mental development. Download information and games you find suitable through the internet.
3 Choose useful applications
- It is wrong to allow your child to view a lot of pictures through the tablet. This might negatively affect their ability to learn and concentrate.
- To prevent that from happening, provide the child’s tablet with an interactive content. Choose applications that require them to interact, think, create, and observe.
- For this matter, you can refer to some specialized websites. Such websites might suggest some applications suitable for your child’s age.
4 Determine the duration of use
- You will choose useful applications for your child. But even so, you have to determine a certain duration for using such applications, and you have to insist on the child to commit to it. Being exposed to the tablet’s screen for long periods of time might negatively affect the health and development of your child, and might also result in developing a tendency in the child to be introverted, as well as developing screen addiction and sleep disorder.
- Determine the duration in accordance with the child’s age: 10 minutes if the child is under 3 years, 20 minutes if the child is aged between 3 and 6 years, 30 minutes if the child is over the age of 6 and under the age of 12.
- Of course, try to provide the child with an inspiring example. Therefore, don’t scroll through your smartphone and don’t sit in front of the TV for long periods of time.
- Play with your child some games that require interaction, movement and thinking.