Time Spent In Front of Screens is Time Wasted, Montana
There's a news story today out of Beijing that describes the new restrictions being put on children limiting online games to 3 hours per week. Minors will only be able to play games between 8 and 9 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and on public holidays. I love the idea of parents limiting their child's game time, but China is doing it to limit the influence on their culture. Especially from outside technology companies.
Have you ever thought about how much of the world your child is missing while they have their face buried in the phone or playing games? I don't know what the average each day is, but it has to be close to 5-8 hours. Part of our job is to get people to spend more time online, searching, scrolling, reading, playing anything that will keep them connected. I really struggle with this for a couple of reasons. Number one is I think there is a lot more productive things a person can and should be doing. When it comes to our youth, we are denying them the true social skills that they could be developing outside of their electronic device. Fortunately, our kids have a lot they can do that inner city kids can't, but that doesn't seem to make a difference. It's just the way things are now, but if you can control the time that your kids spend online, consider it a win. Little rules like no phones during dinner is a start. Look up everyone, there is a great big beautiful world here in Montana that you are missing and a phone, Instagram, Snapchat, or TIkTok does not do it justice.