Navigating eLearning and Screen Time During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Americans have been on virtual lockdown since March. Everything from sports to
restaurants have been shut down for weeks. The one thing we haven’t lost is our
screens. Which means a lot of us have filled our days with video games and
online shopping while we binge on Netflix.

I get it.
This is a stressful time, and a little distraction is good for us. But spending
nearly every waking moment in front of a screen isn’t. It doesn’t take much for
temporary distractions to become full-on dependencies. That’s true for all of
us, but especially for our children.

One of the best
ways to limit screen time is to turn off everything a couple of hours before
bedtime. Electronics
confuse your body’s internal clock, which makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

good idea for limiting screen time is to replace it with something else. This
is your chance to read that book you’ve been hoping to get to, or to enjoy the
quiet and hear yourself think for a change.

Most of
all, find ways for your family to connect. You can do better than simply fighting
off boredom in the same room together. You can use this time as an opportunity
for your family to deepen its roots. Take walks or play board games.
Talk. Laugh.

After all,
face-to-face encounters with your child are far more enriching than video games
or a Netflix marathon. And best of all, you’re forging memories you’ll treasure forever.

For more
great ideas for managing your family’s screen time during social distancing, tune
in to our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Navigating eLearning and Screen Time During
the Coronavirus Outbreak
” with
our guest Jonathan McKee. He’s sharing ideas for helping your children
strike a good balance between e-learning, digital entertainment, outdoor
activity, and face-to-face engagement. He’s also sharing five tips to get your
teen talking.

Join us on your local radio
, online, on Apple
, via Google
, or on our free
phone app
. Our conversation centered around Jonathan’s book Get
Your Teenager Talking: Creative Questions, Stories, and Quotes to Start
Meaningful Conversations
. We’ll send you a
copy for a gift of any amount. Visit our
website for more information.

You can
also call us at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). Thankfully, Focus on the Family has
been ahead of the curve with technology that allows most of our staff to work
from home and continue to minister to families. Our phones are open. Call us if
you need some guidance with resources or to speak with a counselor. It’s all secure
and confidential. I’m grateful to the donors who support Focus on the Family so
that we can continue to come alongside you in your time of need.

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Jim Daly

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