How to Detox our Young Ones from Electronic Addiction

Moderation is the Key, but can pint-sized humans moderate themselves?



5/19/20232 min read

In today's fast-paced world, it's nearly impossible to avoid the constant presence of electronic devices. From tablets and smartphones to video games and television, our children are growing up in a world dominated by screens. While technology undoubtedly has its benefits, excessive screen time can have detrimental effects on our kids' mental and physical well-being. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of detoxing children from electronics and provide some natural, budget-friendly strategies for promoting healthier, happier lives.

  1. Establish screen-free zones and times One of the easiest and most effective ways to start your child's electronic detox is by designating specific areas and times as screen-free. This could mean no devices during mealtimes or in the bedroom. By creating these boundaries, you encourage your children to engage in other activities and promote quality family time.

  2. Encourage outdoor play There's nothing quite like the great outdoors to help kids disconnect from their devices. Encourage your children to participate in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or simply playing at the park. Go on frequent family nature hikes--make it more interesting by bird watching, or identifying the flora. Not only will they be getting fresh air and exercise, but they'll also be nurturing their connection to nature. Give them their own binoculars, and their own birdwatching journal (trust BMH, it's more fun than it sounds!)

  3. Promote creative hobbies Help your children discover new passions and interests by introducing them to a variety of creative hobbies. Drawing, painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument are all excellent ways to keep their minds engaged and away from screens.

  4. Plan family game nights What better way to bond as a family and reduce screen time than with a good old-fashioned game night? Board games, card games, and puzzles are all fantastic options for engaging your children's minds and encouraging social interaction.

  5. Set a positive example As parents, it's essential to model healthy screen habits for our children. Be mindful of your own screen time and prioritize spending quality time together as a family, free from technological distractions.

  6. Educate your children about screen time It's important for kids to understand the potential consequences of excessive screen time. Have open and honest conversations about the effects on their physical and mental health, and work together to create a balanced approach to technology use. Digital Cleansing: Detoxing from Device addiction, by Dr. Susan Parker

  7. Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques Teaching your children mindfulness practices like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help them develop healthy coping mechanisms for stress and reduce their reliance on electronics for entertainment and relaxation. This is a fun youtube video for smaller children: Yoga for Kids.

    Click here for a fun assortment of yoga mats for children.

  8. If all else fails, go cold turkey until the addiction passes, because, it is an addiction.

As always, Bee Max Healthy encourages you to check with your health care provider before starting any new supplements, diets, or exercises.