Q. When school starts, I plan to put an end to all the free time my kids have been spending on their phones and computers this summer. Any advice on how to ease them in?
A. Develop a game plan -- with your kids' input -- before school starts. The lure of digital devices can be overwhelming so try to be consistent. That said, different strategies work for different families.
Here are some ideas to try:
And remember that kids pick up tech habits from their parents, so set limits on your own use: let calls go to voicemail, don't check email at night, and don't let digital distractions intrude on family time.
Keep in mind that screen time can be constructive, too. Kids can actually enhance their learning with well-chosen, high-quality digital tools. Check out our Back to School Guide for recommendations on websites, apps, and games that boost learning in core skills such as math, reading, social studies, and even 21st century skills.
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