Screentime Rules for Summer. Printable Screen Time Rules is a checklist of personal tasks, chores & educational / screen-free activities to earn screen time.
Screen Time Rules for Summer
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.
A Safer & Smarter Solution for Kids with Phones
If you have children who are old enough to have their own phones, it’s important to not only monitor usage but make sure what they spend their time on is safe and appropriate. I love the Gabb Wireless phones for this reason.
Gabb created a safe phone without internet, social media, games or worries but still allows approved contacts to text (no photos can be sent), take and store photos and make phone calls. Plus, it looks exactly like a smartphone.
They also have the new Gabb Wireless smartwatch which feels like a great option for young kids who need to get in contact with their parents, be able to track location, also counts steps and has absolutely no access to social media or potentially dangerous apps.
Responsibilities First Earn Kids Screentime
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 8 -10 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 Screen Time Rules you can use at your house this summer, or during weekends, on school breaks (or closures and quarantine) 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.
Great Summer Resources for You & Your Family:
- Limiting Screentime with Kids: Why & How to Enforce Screen Limits
- The Harmful Effects of Excessive Screen Time for Kids
- Printable Routine Cards (There’s a Boy & Girl Version)
- 50 Screen Free Activities for Kids This Summer
- 100+ Genius Responses When Your Kids Say They’re Bored
- Genius Tips for Camping with Kids
- 30 Quick & Easy Camping Food Ideas Kids Will Devour
- Know the Signs of Dry Drowning & Secondary Drowning
- 50 Experiments & Activities to Keep Kids Learning in Summer