Another good way to cut down on screen time is to not just put the phone away, but also actively work to fill that time with meaningful and fun activities offline.
If your teen is into making art, playing music, reading books, building things, playing sports - or anything not involving screen time - help them out! Develop those interests by staying interested in what they’re doing. Young people can turn to their phones for comfort, or sometimes just out of boredom. Try not to let them always avoid those feelings. A little discomfort or boredom could lead a young person to grow in other ways when they work through those feelings.
Often, the things, topics and creators that young people follow online are a good indicator of the things they’re interested in offline.
For example, if they follow creators that teach how to DIY cook, dance, or any other skill, encourage them to practice some of those tutorials at home or with their friends. Help them find balance and support their self-expression by encouraging fun, offline activity with inspiration from the online world.
By staying interested in their lives, you can help them develop those offline interests, cutting down on overall screen time.
Need ideas? Here are some activities to help your teen find balance:
Meta Get Digital: Wellness Activities for Youth