Are you trying to limit your family’s screen time but running into resistance?
As you work towards your screen balance goals, creating a family media plan is essential. It can help with getting family buy-in and making more long-term changes by making sure expectations are clear and everyone is on the same page.
The following suggestions are inspired by the American Academy of Pediatrics, but remember they are just ideas, you should choose what works best for your family.
If this list still feels intimidating, try incorporating one new ‘media rule’ or habit at a time. Give it a little while to become part of your family’s routine, then add the next one, and so one.
And feel free to have fun with it! Add pictures, drawings, and your own flair... then hang your family’s media plan up proudly on your refrigerator or somewhere else visible as a reminder of your family values and priorities.
Family Media Plan Template
Screens (phone, computer, tablet, gaming devices, TV) are not allowed in the following screen-free zones in our home:
We will not use mobile devices or other screens during the following times:
Devices will charge overnight in:
When we have recreational screen time, we will:
By decreasing screen time, we will have more time for:
We will show good media manners by:
We will be good digital citizens by:
We will follow these digital safety rules:
So... What works best for your family?
What does your media plan look like?
Let us know!