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Setting digital boundaries

Ideas for setting boundaries for digital devices in your home

We've all caught ourselves slipping up from time to time. We give our kids a hard time about their phone use 'Maybe we'll just glue that phone to your face' or 'Will you only talk to me when that phone breaks' to find our kids staring right at us when we look up after being caught up in our own phones. But rather than the constant nagging, we're here to show you a much better approach.

Create a ‘fridge checklist’
For kids, the very mention of the word “rules” when it comes to digital devices, has them clutching their phones and tablets for dear life. But what if it didn’t have to be so scary? Here’s a checklist of 5 simple, non-threatening ideas which we recommend putting up in a high traffic area around your home:

  1. No disappearing with your device - You are free to use your phone at home as long as you do it in the lounge.
  2. Chores before social media - You have responsibilities around the home first. Catch up with them before you catch up with your friends online
  3. Homework before social media - Homework must be completed before going online.
  4. Devices are off limits at the dining table - Dinner time is to enjoy your meal and each other’s company. Your friends can wait till you finish.
  5. Lights out is at <xx> PM - All phones and tablets will be handed over at <xx> PM. They will be charged by us and ready for you to use tomorrow morning*

*If you need an alarm clock, we will get you one. You don’t need your phone for that!

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