Screentime Rules for Summer. Printable Screentime Rules is a checklist of personal tasks, chores & educational / screen-free activities to earn screen time.
Summer is the most relaxed time of year, but that doesn’t mean your screen time rules should go away completely! Kids need to head outside for unstructured play, to run through the sprinklers and do all the things they can’t during the school year. That doesn’t mean it’s free reign to binge on tablets, apps and TV shows, no matter how educational they are.
As you get into Summer, it’s Ok to allow devices, but it’s also a good idea to set reasonable limits of their use. After all, you don’t want electronics to become a free-for-all for the next few months.
Back when I was a kid, Summer meant entire days spent at the swimming pool, riding our bikes with friends, choreographing dances with the neighborhood girls and ghost stories after dark. There wasn’t much in the way of screen time aside from the occasional game of Tetris on my Gameboy, Mario Brothers when you were at “the cool kid’s house” who had a Nintendo and TVs with only 10 or 20 channels, not a bazillion like you see today.
Time certainly have changed, but Summers don’t have to!
To ensure your kids aren’t glued to devices all Summer long, it’s a good idea to create a checklist they need to complete each day, including chores, personal tasks and some educational and screen-less activities, before they can earn a set amount of screen team.
Here is a free printable of Screentime Rules you can use at your house this summer too.
It’s up to you how much screen time you allow, but studies show a limit of 30-60 minutes daily is the right amount before sending your kids back outside to explore and play with friends.