Kids and Tech
November 1, 2023

It’s okay to relax screen time rules for the holidays. Here’s how.

The holidays are nearly here, and if you’re planning to relax your screen time rules, here is the definitive guide.

The holiday season is upon us, and if you're a parent, you might be contemplating how to manage screen time while family schedules are more or less upended. While structure is important, the holidays offer a unique opportunity to strike a balance between digital devices and quality family time.

During the holidays, it's common for a lot of families to relax their screen time rules a bit. After all, it's a special time when the usual routines take a back seat. Whether watching a beloved holiday movie, playing a festive game or catching up with distant family and friends via video calls, screens can help bring people together in unique ways. Here are some tips to help you make the most of screen time during the holiday season—while maintaining a sense of connection and togetherness.

Set expectations with kids ahead of time

It's a great idea to have an open conversation with your kids about screen time as you approach the holiday break. Explain that while there may be some relaxed rules, it's essential to maintain a healthy balance. Encourage them to enjoy outdoor activities, engage in holiday crafts and spend quality time with family and friends. When kids are part of the decision-making process, it often makes for smoother sailing in the long run.

Keep other tech rules in place

While you may be relaxing screen time rules during the holidays, it's crucial to remind our children that other tech rules, especially those regarding safety and behavior, remain unchanged. Reinforce the importance of respectful online interactions, privacy and the responsibility that comes with technology. These rules keep everyone safe and ensure that digital experiences remain positive.

Find time to enjoy tech as a family

One of the most delightful aspects of the holiday season is creating memories together. So, why not carve out some time to enjoy tech together? Explore new games or apps, watch holiday videos or do some digital storytelling by capturing your memories in photos and videos. This can be a wonderful way to bond with your kids, explore their interests and even learn something new together.

Screen time during the holidays doesn't have to be a cause for stress. Instead, it can be a tool for creating experiences and fostering togetherness. By setting expectations ahead of time—and finding time to enjoy tech together, you can strike a balance that makes the holidays truly magical for you and your family. Here's to a joyful holiday season!

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