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Struggling to break free from excess use of gadgets? Try these 21 effective tips to manage your screen time

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Eight leading experts and bestselling authors share a few easy tips, to help you disconnect from your phones and reconnect with your children, family and friends

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Struggling to break free from excess use of gadgets? Try these 21 effective tips to manage your screen time

We are so connected to our phones that we are losing out on face-to-face connections. How can you balance screen-time with me-time, family-time and connecting-time? Six renowned global experts come up with special tips just for you. It's a ParentCircle exclusive.

21 effective tips that you can easily turn into habits

  1. Don't start your day grabbing your smartphone to see what you've missed. Instead, as you wake up, take some moments to set your intentions for the day
  2. Replace your bedside phone alarm with a clock alarm
  3. When using the bathroom, leave your phone outside
  4. Place your phone in a drawer for an hour at lunchtime
  5. Turn off your phone on the way to and from work or school
  6. Charge your phone outside your bedroom
  7. Turn off Wi-Fi at a fixed time, every night
  8. Turn off all notifications, except important ones
  9. Install a distraction-proofing app, which can block your access to social media for a pre-determined time duration
  10. Have a family-media plan. Get the entire family involved in the planning
  11. Schedule gadget-free time every day for you and the whole family
  12. Set up gadget-free zones in the house
  13. Make a special snooze box for all the phones. Have everyone place their phones in this box during gadget-free times
  14. Take a few minutes to unwind and finish all you have to do before you enter your house in the evening. Turn off your phone and put it away till your children are in bed
  15. When spending time with children, or your spouse, turn off your notifications and phones. Even better, hide them
  16. When interacting with someone, even holding a phone in hand is a distraction. So keep your phone away while socializing and conversing with people
  17. Have no-gadget meals together at home or outside
  18. Go out as a family, where everyone leaves their phones behind
  19. Try having one screen-free day per week
  20. Plan a gadget-free weekend
  21. Go on no-gadget vacations

Screen time parental control apps

With children spending more time with gadgets, the problem of gadget addiction is increasing. If you are also worried about your child's increasing screen time, using parental control apps can help solve the issue. Here are a few screen time parental control apps that you can use.

  • Kaspersky Safe Kids: Includes location tracking and geofencing features
  • Norton Family: Includes time-scheduling and web-filtering controls
  • Screen Time Parental Control App: Includes family location tracking and blocking device usage at certain times of the day and monitoring social media usage
  • FamiSafe: Has a host of features including checking the usage of specific apps

We have compiled for you a list of tips shared by:

  1. Dr Laura Markham (Author, Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids series)
  2. Nir Eyal (Author, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life)
  3. Dr Victoria Dunckley (Author, Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time)
  4. Blake Snow (Author, Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting)
  5. Orianna Fielding (Author, Unplugged: How to Live Mindfully in a Digital World)
  6. Tanya Goodin (Author, OFF: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life and Stop Staring at Screens!)
  7. Dr Tchiki Davis (Author, Outsmart Your Smartphone: Conscious Tech Habits for Finding Happiness, Balance, and Connection IRL)
  8. Dr Sharon Saline (Author, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life)

Use these tips to unplug and stay connected. Keep your head up exploring and connecting, instead of keeping your head down glued to your phone. Disconnect2Reconnect.

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