#7 Readiness Skill

#7 Readiness Skill

Time Awareness is necessary for device users. Because devices are designed to engage and retain our attention for as long as possible, it is easy to lose track of time. Children do not have an innate sense of it. Christmas seems like an eternity to most children once we enter December.

Ask them to tell you when a minute is up, and they will think 20 seconds is long enough to be a minute. Helping them experience what time feels like will help them recognize when they have been on their devices too long.  Teach the concept by measuring the length of time it takes them to brush their teeth, put on their clothes, make their beds, or pack their lunches.

Before they go on devices, give them the challenge of managing their time when engaged in an activity that they become fully engaged in. Playing Legos or building forts are not addictive like the internet, so being sure they can manage a non-addictive activity will help them manage a highly addictive one. Encourage children to come up with solutions to remind them to stop the activity that does not require someone else to intervene.

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