TUCSON, Ariz. -- With smart devices being such a crucial part of our daily lives, it can be hard to put them down.
A study by Bridgewater University found that 83% of middle schoolers have a mobile device. While the technology can help them learn both at home and in the classroom, there needs to be some boundaries.
To avoid distractions from the smart devices, there are four habits that families can adopt for future success.
1. Monitor Screen Time
There are many apps out there that adults can download to monitor how long children use devices, which apps they use and what they are using their cell phones for. According to health experts, children should spend no more than two hours on a device per day. Spending more time looking at a screen can affect their school performance and natural sleep patterns.
2. Create a designated cell phone spot
Letting your child know where and when they can use their smart devices is important. This can help eliminate distractions and also create environments where they can build on their social interactions.
3. Schedule down time
While technology is a big part of many people's lives, there are times to take a break. Health experts recommend putting down the devices at least an hour before bed. This can help avoid sleep problems.
4. Make expectations clear
When adopting these four habits, make sure they are clear and easy to understand for children. Keep open communication so the habits can develop. It is also good for adults to also participate to show children the importance of putting down smart devices.