How to Keep Kids Away from Smartphones and Tablets?

Electronic devices and toddlersOwning a tablet  or an ipad has become a trend, and most importantly, a status symbol in the past few years. These gadgets are not only attracting adults or teenagers, but little toddlers too. For many parents, it comes as a challenge to keep their toddlers away from these electronic devices.

Colorful pictures, attractive videos, interesting games and a wide range of other such features have made it an irrestible entertainment toy for kids.  Moreover, nowadays, these devices  come with several apps that are specifically designed for and used by 2-3 years olds.

With such rapid growth in the use and popularity of tablets and smartphones, how easy it is for parents to keep their toddlers or young kids away from them? Isn’t it too much tenchnology at an early age?

Here are a few ways to keep your child away from tablet and smart phones:

  • Limit alone time: Ensure that your child is not alone when you do your household chores. Make him sit in the same area where you are working and give him some toys to play with. Keep talking to your child as you finish your daily household work.
  • Password protection: While the technology brings in attractive features in tablets and smart phones to lure your litte one, it also enables you to keep it password protected. So use the feature and keep it locked.
  • Fill their time: Encourage your child to indulge in indoor and outdoor games. Play role-plays with them. Create new opportunities to keep them engaged – like inviting their friends for play-dates at home, involving them in hand-painting, using waste material at home (like toilet paper roll, newpapers, etc.) to make some creative stuff, etc.
  • Set a good example: If you are always glued to the screens of your tablets and smart phones, expect your child too to learn and exhibit the same behavior. You cannot teach your child to stay away from these devices unless you set a example for them to learn from. So, minimize your mobile usage or use it when your child is not around.

It has been seen that most parents slip such electronic devices  into their kids’ hands to have some downtime without the child tugging to them, or many a times, to get through a meal  in a restaurant without having to face a toddler meltdown. Remember, it is easier to give in to these temper tantrums now but it can get difficult to manage your toddler without a cell phone or a tablet, going forward.

We thank all the Mommies of our community for sparing their precious time to give their valuable responses:

Neha Trikha Agarwal, Aman Tiwari, Remya Houratious, Sangel Brit S and Namrata Sinha

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