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Tips for managing screen time with your kids

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We are back with Beckie Whitehouse on the blog today from with another Parenting Tales from the Sofa hangout. We are chatting about managing screen time today; and helping our kids and ourselves to manage it effectively.

Screen time for children is now a part of everyday life, but it can become a flash point with older kids, as well as being difficult to know what is suitable for our younger children. In particular, smartphones and tablet computers are making technology more and more accessible for kids. of course, technology has many benefits but managing screen time is important too.

We ask Beckie to help us work out what is best for us including:

  • Should I be giving my iPad to my three year old? If I do, what do you suggest for them to use?
  • How can I limit the time my kids spend with screen?
  • Screen time in front of the TV – do you do it?
  • How to encourage a child not to use screens if they have reached their limit?
  • What about having games consoles and TV in bedrooms?
  • How about leading by example too!
  • TV is OK sometimes too!
  • What alternatives to screen time are there? Thankfully, we have you covered on that front!

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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