We all need help and ideas on how to set limits with our kids and get them unplugged into days world. Here are some basic ideas that you can take and adjust to your own personal family.
Only 1 to 3 hours a day depending on your family situation. This hour a day can be broke down into 15 minute intervals. I do not recommend you break them down into smaller intervals or your children will find loop holes, another words they will say they only had 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there. Meaning you have more to keep up with.
TV can only be watched AFTER all school assignments and chores are completed. If school assignments are not above a C level then TV privileges are lost until that grade level improves.
You the parent reserve the right to add or subtract time from your child’s TV time as you see fit.
Computer – We all need to work on internet safety for kids.
Limit computer time to 1 to 3 hours a day. Set times of the day that the computer my be used. Say between 9am-11am then 3pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm. Computer times can only be used if ALL school assignments are completed and chores are completed too.
Unless your homeschool curriculum is online then that time on the computer would be counted as school not computer time.
There are programs out there that you can put on your computer that will only allow your child on the internet at certain times and lengths of time.
Video Games including handheld like DS all fall under the Computer Rules.
Facebook- NO you will not get a Facebook account till you are 13years old.
#1 rule – You may not have any friends that are not FACE TO FACE friends on facebook. Facebook is for your friends not someone else friends that you might have met once.
When posting and liking things on facebook, always ask your self if, “Will I want my Mom, Dad, Granparents or even my pastor to read or know I am liking this.” If the answer is no or I don’t know then DON’T do it.
Mom and Dad (and your pastor if he is on facebook) will ALL be friends with you on facebook to help you keep from being tempted not to follow the above rules.
No calls/text after 9pm (after 8pm if your child is under 13)
10pm on weekends (Friday/Saturday).
Again you are only aloud to talk/text people you know FACE TO FACE.
No nick names or code names are allowed in the phone book of your phone. Only real names.
Mom and Dad reserve the right to check your phone/text record on your phone at any time without any notice. We reserve the right to call any number on the phone to confirm that the contact belongs to the person that is listed.
Remember we pay the bill.
There will be no texting when Mom and Dad or any other adult is talking to you.
No texting at church or school.
There will be NO phone at the dinner table, (for any meal table for that matter)
These are all just ideas that can be used to make a set of rules to unplug your kids. I recommend you create a set of rules and print them out and have your child read them and sign them. This will give your child some responsibility for what they are or are not doing.
I wanted to share another Mom who posted about this on her blog I’ve Become My Mother. She had some wonderful ideas more detailed and set for her family.