Ten Steps to Prepare For an Electronic Fast For Your Children
By David Sanchez, LPC, LCAS, CSAT-Candidate
It seems like most kinds these days always have some type of electronic device in front of them. If you are like me, you have noticed that in some cases they have totally ignored you as they little brains are sucked up with this enticing entertainment, and other times, it can be downright scary. For example, I have seen kids almost fall down while walking with their devices. Other kids may scream at their top of their lungs when you In other cases, very tragic things have encouraged due to electronic devices and adolescent that being aware of their surroundings. So, what is a parent to do? Once option would be to prepare your child for a 3 week electronic fast from all screens. Yes, that is right, no television, iPod, iPad, iPhone, laptop, desktop, kindle etc. I think you get the point. However; why would you ever even consider doing this as your child or adolescent may rebel and start acting like the Incredible Hulk, “You are making me angry, you won’t like me when I’m angry”. Well, because there is a lot of research that shows that these glowing screens may be affecting our children in many negative ways such as with sleep issues, anger, depression, ADD, mood disorders etc. However; it is important to note that they may clinically have these symptoms and may have been formally diagnosed by a licensed therapist or doctor, however; when taking these devices, a way for a month, some children and adolescents experience a significant reduction of these symptoms. But don’t take my word for it, you can also find this research in Dr. Victoria L. Dunckley’s book, “Reset Your Child’s Brain”. I would highly recommend reading this book and in the meantime, the ten steps she outlines are below:
Ten Steps to Prepare for a Fast: Adapted by Victoria L. Dunckley, MD
- Define the problem areas and target goals.
- Get your spouse/partner and other caregivers on board.
- Set a date and create a schedule.
- Inform relevant adults in your child’s life
- Obtain toys, games, and activities to replace screen-time
- Schedule breaks or treats for yourself
- If possible, enlist a playmate’s parents to join you
- Inform your child and involve the entire family
- Perform a through “screen sweep”
- Set you intention
If your child is exhibiting anger outbursts, depression, irritability, anxiety or other difficult emotions, due to excessive computer games or electronic devices, please call me for a consultation at 704-501-7888 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org