- How many hours do your children spend on their cell phone, computer, iPod, or any other electronic device in one 24-hour period? Also factor in television.
- Do your children isolate themselves for an extended period of time when using any of these devices? Determine if this is a privacy issue or has it become a secrecy issue.
- How much reading from hardcover books or magazines does your child do? Do not include the new “Kindle.” The Kindle, or similar devices, is an electronic-book-reader.
- Does your child stay glued to their device with little or no outdoor activities?
- Does your child become irritable when interrupted by visitors or family members while using a device?–at times even ignoring those that have entered the room.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to recognize a problem. If you have answered yes to most of these questions, then electronic devices have become too much of a dominating influence in your child’s life or yours.
What can you do to cut down on the dominating influence of electronic devices in your family and create a balance? There are balanced options.