In a time where we are constantly connected and online all the time how do parents know how to set limits around their child’s use of technology? Dr. Brent Conrad, a psychologist specializing in technology addiction in children adolescents and adults recommends setting time limits around technology use. It is important to identify high risk times of the day for uncontrolled use. For some that may be right after coming home from school or work, others it may be late at night, others it may be based upon avoiding family times. Once you have identified those high risk times try answering the following three questions.
1) Is the goal moderation or abstinence? Abstinence is generally recommend for WoW (World of Warcraft) addiction, pornography addiction, and for most games classified as MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games.)
2) If the goal is moderation, how many hours per day / per week are reasonable?
3) What times of day are the “safest” and most responsible periods for use?
Implementing a new time table for safe use will mean adding additional structure into your home. Be aware that change is difficult for everyone and that there is often push back at first, but stick with it and stay consistent.