Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

It’s no secret that kids of all ages love electronic devices – video games, tablets, computers, smartphones, etc. And we do, too!  But all of the technology that surrounds us can become addictive. So, how do you help your child manage screen time and develop good healthy habits? 

 

The Stats on Screen Time

Each day on average, children ages 8-10 spend 6 hours on their screens, children ages 11-14 spend 9 hours, and teens ages 15-18 spend 7.5 hours. This doesn’t even include the hours that kids were online this past year for remote learning. Needless to say, these numbers are a giant red flag to parents. The nonprofit group, Common Sense Media, reports that many adults and children say they are addicted to their screens.

 

The Negative Effects of Too Much Screen Time 

Digital media can be educational, of course, but too much screen time has been linked to obesity, behavioral and emotional issues, poor self-image, and sleep problems. Online activity also can lead to substance use and risk-taking behaviors. By spending too much time on their screens, children are also missing out on the chance to play, use their imagination, develop social skills, and exercise.

 

General Screen Time Guidelines by Age

For parents looking for guidelines on how much screen time their child should have, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following limits for younger children. 

    • Under 2 years old: limited screen time with an adult present such as video chats; older toddlers (18-24 months) may use educational media with an adult who can teach and play with the child 
    • Ages 2-5: no more than 1 hour a day

In addition, experts have weighed in on-screen use for elementary school-age children and teens.

    • Ages 6-17: no more than 2 hours a day (homework time is additional)

 

7 Steps to Managing Screen Time 

Follow these 7 steps to manage your child’s screen time, teach good habits and restore balance to your child’s life. 

1. Set a schedule together.

Designate certain times when devices are allowed and when they are not. For example, you may permit an hour after homework is completed but not close to bedtime. Get kids involved in setting reasonable limits. Draft a family contract with clear rules and consequences for breaking them. Then, follow the rules and reinforce them with timers or tokens that kids can turn in, in exchange for screen time. 

2. Follow the same approach for virtual and real play dates.

You wouldn’t drop your child at a playdate without knowing your child’s friend and what they will be doing. Follow those same guidelines for virtual time. Preview the programs, games, and apps that your child is using. Know your child’s friends and how they are interacting online. Talk about situations that may occur if your child is exposed to content that you haven’t approved. Discuss the behavior that you expect. 

If you’re looking for content that is appropriate for kids, some good resources for parents include Common Sense Media, the Parents’ Choice Foundation, and our YouTube Guide.

3. Set tech-free zones.

Designate the bedroom and the dinner table as two tech-free zones. The dinner table is a place where face-to-face conversation takes place. The bedroom is where sleep happens. Both of those areas will benefit from not having the distraction of digital media. Importantly, don’t use screens to distract or soothe your child. Those times are best for face-to-face, personal interaction.

4. Use parental controls.

Did you know there is actually technology that helps you to control screen time? You can set screen limits for your child’s Chromebook or Android device with Google Family Link. Other popular apps and software include:

      • Screentime
      • Qustodio
      • DinnerTime
      • FamiSafe
      • OurPact

To help limit shows to just one episode, you can turn off auto-play on Netflix so the next show won’t automatically start.

5. Encourage tech-free activities.

Help steer your children to non-tech activities based on their interests. Instead of watching a favorite movie, have them play dress-up and act it out or draw a picture of their favorite characters. Encourage your child to stay active, play outside with friends or go bike riding. Join in, and enjoy some family fun.

6. Reward your child for following the rules.

Is your child being responsible for managing his/her screen time? Consider a reward: giving extra in your child’s allowance, cooking a favorite meal, or letting your child stay up late. However, don’t use extra screen time as a reward. That will only defeat the purpose of managing time on digital devices, and elevate it to a more desired privilege.

7. Set a good example. 

If you’re on your phone or tablet all day, it’s likely your children will want to be too. If you want them to put their devices down, that means you have to set the example. Talk to your kids about finding a balance between screen time and other activities. Show them how you manage your time, and lead the way.

Need some indoor activities that don’t involve screens? Check out these 100+ Indoor Activities that Don’t Involve Screens. Click here.

 

 

This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

Father’s Day Gifts Under $50

Father’s Day Gifts Under $50

Our dads deserve the absolute best, and if money wasn’t an object they would get it. But that isn’t always the case, and sometimes we have to settle for a less expensive present. Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered!

This Father’s Day opt for a gift that is a bit more personal than a gift card, but won’t break the bank. Here are 10 easy last-minute gifts to snag for the father figure in your life.

 

 

fathers day gifts

1. Meat (or whatever he likes) Basket

You can’t go wrong with food- ever. If your dad or husband is an avid griller, go to your local meat market and find some of his favorite meats, seasonings, and sauces; put them all in a basket and there is your quick and easy gift! If he isn’t into meat or grilling, no problem, just fill the basket with whatever food he likes- candy, sodas/alcohol, beef jerky, fruits & veggies, etc.

 

 

fathers day gifts

2. Garden’s Tool Seat

Does the man in your life like to garden? Or work on vehicles? Then we’ve got the perfect gift. This lightweight steel and nylon stool combines the features of a tool bag and a folding chair all in one! It’s perfect for gardening or sitting in that garage working on a car. To see it, click here

 

 

fathers day gifts

3. Bluetooth Ear Protecting Headphones

Mowing, weed-eating, working on projects, snow blowing, riding equipment; your dad needs these headphones. Not only will they protect his ears, they also have the power to connect to his phone, so he can listen to music or talk on the phone while he is working. Click here for more info.

 

 

fathers day gifts

4. Roku Streaming Stick+

If he doesn’t have one already, now is the perfect time to get dad a streaming stick. This Roku stick is made for long-range, has voice control, lets him stream his favorite shows on platforms like Netflix, Hulu, & Diney+, and is a breeze to install. If you don’t already have one, a streaming stick is a perfect gift for any dad with wifi. Click here for more information.

 

 

fathers day gifts

5. Garage Wall Organizer

If your dad is like most, he probably has a lot of tools (if not, tools are also a great idea!). Give him somewhere to keep them when you give him a garage wall organizer. This will help him keep all of his tools in one spot, organized, and where he can easily grab and go. If your dad doesn’t have tools, no problem! This wall organizer can hold all sorts of things from buckets to brooms and ball bags. Click here to grab one.

 

 

fathers day gift ideas

6. Customized Family Portrait

Want to tug at his heartstrings? Get him a customized family portrait of your family. There are all kinds of portraits that you can order on Etsy! You can even add names, pets, and your own quote at the top. Click here to find one your dad will love. 

 

 

fathers day gifts

7. Cooler With a Built-In Speaker

Whether he is golfing, at the pool, camping, in the garage, or just spending time outdoors he’ll love this portable cooler with a wireless speaker. He’ll be able to bring his ice-cold drinks (and food) with him and listen to music wherever he goes this summer! Click here for more information. 

 

 

fathers day gift

8. A Kneading Massage Pillow

Because being a dad is hard work. The best thing about this pillow is he can use it anywhere. Back hurt? Feet sore? Pull a leg muscle? Just put them on the heated pillow and let it go to work. Click here to snag one. 

 

 

fathers day gifts

9. Key Finder

Let’s be real, this one is really for all the wives out there that hate having to look for everything their husband loses all of the time. This blue tooth key finder makes it easy! Just place it on any item that he may lose often (like his keys or wallet) and now you’ll never have to look for them again! Click here for more information.

 

 

fathers day gifts

10. Multitool 

And last, but not least, it wouldn’t be a Father’s Day gift blog post if we didn’t at least include one tool. This multitool has over 20 functions that include, wire cutters, saw, needle nose plyers, scissors, can opener, and more! What dad wouldn’t want one of these things? Click here for more information.

Happy shopping and Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

 

New Employee Spotlight: Joseph Burruel

We have amazing employees at California Casualty. The New Employee Spotlight is a series aiming to highlight the talented individuals that are brand new to our team. Please help us give them a warm welcome!

Today we’re spotlighting New Customer Service Specialist, Joeseph Burruel

Let’s get to know Joseph!

 

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What California Casualty office do you work in?

Arizona

 

What is one interesting fact you want us to know about you?

I’m a proud father of 4 children

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Nachos

 

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Sports

Make music

Video games

 

What made you want to start your new career with California Casualty?

I was interested in establishing a career and had learned this company has been around for more than 100 years. Also had amazing employee reviews so I thought it was a win-win.

 

If you want to learn more about Joseph or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

New Employee Spotlight: Joel Parra

We have amazing employees at California Casualty. The New Employee Spotlight is a series aiming to highlight the talented individuals that are brand new to our team. Please help us give them a warm welcome!

Today we’re spotlighting New Customer Service Specialist, Joel Parra.

Let’s get to know Joel!

 

employee spotlight

 

 

What California Casualty office do you work in?

Arizona

 

What is one interesting fact you want us to know about you?

I’m an open book!

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mexican Food

 

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Going out with friends

Playing Xbox

Bring Outside

 

What made you want to start your new career with California Casualty?

I have always had an interest in starting a career in the insurance industry, and really like how they help our hometown heroes! 

 

If you want to learn more about Joel or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

New Employee Spotlight: Jacob Butler

We have amazing employees at California Casualty. The New Employee Spotlight is a series aiming to highlight the talented individuals that are brand new to our team. Please help us give them a warm welcome!

Today we’re spotlighting New Total Loss Clerk, Jacob Butler.

Let’s get to know Jacob!

employee spotlight

 

What California Casualty office do you work in?

Colorado Springs!

 

What is one interesting fact you want us to know about you?

I’m a 60-year-old stuck in a 24-year-old’s body.

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Steak

 

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Hiking

Spending time with friends

Sleep

 

What made you want to start your new career with California Casualty?

I had always heard about how good California Casualty was as an employer, so I wanted to be a part of that atmosphere.

 

If you want to learn more about Jacob or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

New Employee Spotlight: Deven Willis

We have amazing employees at California Casualty. The New Employee Spotlight is a series aiming to highlight the talented individuals that are brand new to our team. Please help us give them a warm welcome!

Today we’re spotlighting New Inbound Sales Representative, Deven Willis.

Let’s get to know Deven!

new employee spotlight

 

What California Casualty office do you work in?

Colorado Springs

 

What is one interesting fact you want us to know about you?

I used to rock an afro!

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken Parm

 

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Spend time with my wife and kids

Jam out to some music

Work on extra home building projects

 

What made you want to start your new career with California Casualty?

I applied for this position about 5 years ago and unfortunately ended up taking a different job. And then I saw an opening for this job again and it just felt right, so I checked it out and it really looked like a promising place to work (I wish I had done more research the first time I was offered a job here because I would have taken it then), so this time I went for it and I’m glad I did.

 

If you want to learn more about Beau or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

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