How can I help my child’s social skills after lots of screen time?

Some children will enjoy spending lots of time on screens. If you think this might be making them reluctant or worried about socialising with people in person, you can do some things to help.

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Reassure your child

  •  Use open questions that encourage your child to talk to you. Speak to them about their friends, other people, and how they feel about school.
  • Look at strategies to help them manage anxious feelings.
  • Talk to the school to see what emotional support and friendship building activities are offered.

Help your child to reduce screen time

  • When you can, organise meet ups and play dates with friends – local parks and outdoor areas could be good for this.
  • Think of alternative activities that you can do with or organise for your child that involve them interacting with others.
  • Introduce parental controls and reduce screen time using timers to start to limit the time spent on screens. Speak to your child about why this is important and get them involved in setting timings.
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