In recognition of the benefits of reducing screen time for our entire family, we pledge to do our best to:
Track screen time to bring awareness to our family’s usage and set realistic reduction goals that meet our family’s needs like one night a week without screens or a screen time curfew.
Use big screens rather than small when possible (tv vs phone) to reduce eye strain and turn off devices not in use.
Protect screen free times during the day or spaces in the home where we are all offline together.
Reduce screen time when undesirable behaviours arise – for adults this might be stress, anxiety, depression, headaches – for children this might be high reactivity, outbursts, low frustration tolerance, trouble sleeping.
Find ‘nutritious’ screen time activities for our child like looking at photos, video calling a distant relative or friend, age appropriate podcast/audio books, HomeGrown’s YouTube channel, a virtual museum or art gallery tour, research the answer to a specific question or a topic of interest.
Schedule screen time while sitting together to increase physical touch, manage snacking, ensure adequate breaks, and have the opportunity to discuss the online content together.
Set aside time to connect each day doing something we enjoy together like an uninterrupted meal, a favourite game, a walk, baking, gardening, writing a letter to someone, listening to music, reading, colouring, or completing a HomeGrown activity!