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It’s virtually impossible to disconnect from technology nowadays. From social networking sites to food delivery platforms to entertainment, our world today seems to fit on a screen. However, it’s important that children, especially in their developmental stages, not spend too much time in front of screens. Excessive screen time has been linked to many negative health outcomes, especially for children’s eyes. Here are three ways to reduce screen time among children and protect their vision:

Set Limits and Boundaries
As guardians of the children, it’s important that you set screen use limits for yourself and your children. These limits can come in the form of not only daily or weekly time limits but also screen-free zones. Family meal times and the dining area can be set as screen-free and become good opportunities to bond with children through conversation. Remember to model good behavior as well by limiting your own screen time. Children are more likely to respect the limits and boundaries if you respect it.

Engage in Screen-Free Activities
When thinking about your children’s activities, always keep as options screen-free activities such as board games, sports, or crafting. Talk to your local communities or schools to see if there are opportunities for volunteering or after-school programs. Screen-free activities not only prevent negative health outcomes by moving children away from screens but also provide positive health outcomes by keeping them active.

Explain the Importance of Limiting Screen Time
It’s important that children understand why there is a need to limit screen time. Communicate with your children the potential negative health outcomes of excessive screen time such as impaired vision and sleep problems. Open, honest conversations with children can help them make the right decisions on their own.

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