How To Create a Healthy Family Media Diet: Tips and Recommendations

Patricia Belton

Parents balance their kids’ food, so why not balance their media then? Below you will find top tips on how to create a well-balanced media diet for your toddlers, preteens, and teens.

With the advent of Internet and digital technologies, kids seem to grow with the device in their hands, don’t they? As a result, we, parents, wonder:

  •  How much screen time is OK for their kids.
  • Is a 30-minute show OK?
  • Should kids be allowed to watch a full-length movie without interruptions?
  • How much time can you allow you kids to spend gaming when they also have to use their computers or tablets for doing their homework?
  • Can we count Wikipedia or similar internet resources as “reading”?
  • How to determine the moment when gaming is ok and when it becomes problematic?

To tell you the truth, there is no magic formula. Indeed, we all know that each family has its own rules and likings in food, hobbies or holiday spending. The same is with a healthy media diet. It may vary from one family to another and nobody could say that there only correct way is in this or that. Nevertheless, parents should do pay attention to the fact that making things, which you family consider as important, should be fairly balanced over the long period of time.

Typically, any good media diet includes a perfect combination of online activities (social media, games or TV), time (20 minutes? One hour? Three hours?), and choices (YouTube, Facebook, Star Wars) with land-based activities (outdoor sports, têteà-tête conversations and even daydreaming). It would be wise to let your children manage their own media diets, keeping a watchful eye on everything they do by means of mSpy.

By the way, we have gathered some useful recommendations regarding the way to create a perfect media diet for your children. Let’s have a closer look.

  • Find balance. Don’t count daily screen-time minutes, it’s better to determine the balance throughout the week. Let your kids plan for a week, but make sure this plan includes not only the stuff they like, but also the things they have to do, for example, homework,reading, home activities, and family time.
  • Walk the walk. Restrict the usage of all devices while driving, or/and important conversations. Remember that children are likely to learn habits from you.
  • Discuss it. Speak about your children’ favorite games, movies or characters. Discuss ideas and issues they read about or learn about through a TV show or a game. By the way, this makes a wonderful opportunity for learning, developing, and sharing your values.
  • Make up tech-free zones. Set your own family rules when your family should not use any devices. For instance,  no devices while eating, no chatting during homework, or no tech before bedtime.
  • Choose the right media. Make sure that your kids use the age-appropriate, high-quality media and tech.
  • Install mSpy. Monitor everything your kids do with their mobile phones, set time limits for mobile and internet usage. You can find more about mSpy features here.

Meanwhile, we remind you that mSpy now is one of the key instruments to safeguard modern children online. It is one of the best ways nowadays to really acknowledge any child’s interests and concerns. With the GPS tracking, parents can know if their children are in the wrong or dangerous neighborhood; with the messaging records, including texts, emails and most messengers – the cyber-bullying problem can be prevented.  With the web browsing history reports, concerned parents can make sure that children are not spending time on pornography or gambling websites.

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Patricia Belton was raised in a single-working-mother family, that’s why she’s deeply interested in family issues. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Literature, married, mother of 2 kids. Mrs. Belton writes for different e-journals, participates in versatile online/offline conferences and forums connected with kids and influence of technology.

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