Discuss screen time management
When face to face contact is restricted, contact over screens may be the best way for children and young people to maintain their peer relationships. Explaining the difference between ‘passive’ consumption i.e. video or TV, and ‘active’ consumption i.e. education, gaming, video calls, can lead to more balanced use.
Even though the excessive use of screens may be hard to agree on with so much focus on the use of technology due to pandemic issues, try to agree to certain management and controls. Such as switching off Wi-Fi and handheld devices at the prescribed time (one hour before bedtime is recommended) or allowing a certain number of hours per day. Establishing patterns of activity such as 20 minutes screen time (about the length of a Fortnite: Battle Royale match) followed by looking for at least 20 seconds at something at least 20 metres away. It can be useful and give the child or young person a sense of control and involvement in their own self-care when online.
If they use screens at night, ensure blue light filter settings is switched as it’s less harmful than the normal screen brightness.