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Green Time vs. Screen Time

How to implement this strategy into your family’s routine

Screen time is an all-consuming force that is gripping new generations. It is an issue that affects not only children but adults too. Keeping this in mind, a new idealogy was adopted: green time versus screen time. The purpose behind this is to promote spending more time outdoors and away from technology. Spending time outdoors has proven to be beneficial for mental health, academic performance, and focus.

So, how can this be implemented in your family?

  1. Have a family meeting and decide on 2-3 activities all of you enjoy doing. Make sure no one feels left out during the discussion. Set a time 30-45 minute time limit for this activity, as it ensures it doesn’t intrude on anyone’s schedule. Mark a few days on your calendar to prioritize the activities!

  2. Keep track of how much green time is had. Make a colourful chart and pin it onto the fridge or living room wall, and mark off the days when you and your family have green time. Similarly, every time your child spends more than 30 minutes on the screen, note it down. This information can be useful!

  3. The aim is to have more days each month that is spent on having green time.

What are the benefits of green time? Research shows that unstructured playtime in nature can help with children’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Additionally, it helps with their imaginative development.

How much screen time is too much? Children under the age of 2 should not spend any time on the screen. Children between the age of 2-5 should be limited to less than an hour each day. Children between the age of 5-12 shouldn’t spend more than 2 hours on electronics, especially during daylight hours.

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