Happy New Year Parents! I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas break and whether you’re back to work or still enjoying some time off, like me you’re starting to think about those tricky New Year’s Resolutions. Some of you may be making a list or, like me, just hoping you can stick to one or two of them. Good intentions eh!
So many of us of thinking about losing some weight, eating a bit better and generally just getting a bit healthier – after all the Christmas food and drinks.
Something we could also start to think about – and believe me I’m going through the same challenges at home, are some healthier media habits. Perhaps looking at regulating our own and helping our children and teenagers regulate their media habits.
Fortnite is the word on every parents lips this year – don’t worry you’re only one of parents of 125 million children and teens including one in 5 dads who’ve played it. Followed by Red Dead Redemption and Black Ops etc. While these games use voracious marketing techniques and deploy questionable and unethical targeting ploys on children they’ll be replaced at some point by the next gaming phenomenon.
The names will change but the impact and appeal to kids will be the same. Therefore looking at regulating and taking control of time spent on them, thinking about them, talking about them, losing our minds over the time children obsess and are distracted by them – is well overdue.
We all know that screen time is huge for our kids today and that some of it can be great fun, creative and advantageous – but nothing beats playing, learning how to do things, time outside and just..old fashioned talking. So we need to create a balance in our homes.
The following tips might be welcomed for families who’ve
(On the plus side, the Fortnite Dance off’s were cool (sorry kids, or is it ‘savage’ or ‘beast’?) with even grannies joining in The Hype and Floss (I have footage J)).
So here goes,
Lastly, Fortnite may be driving us all crazy but it has been known to bond siblings and help make friends. Either way time restrictions are key. Set times and stick to them. And for parents, the Top Tip is that Fortnite can be used to persuade/bribe most children to do chores, become more (superficially?) helpful and appreciative. Even if it’s just for more game time – us parents will take that J.
Stay safe online and off.