As a site that promotes healthy kids, we don't want players sitting in front of the computer for hours on end. You can help us keep kids active by starting in your own home! Read our tips on how to set limits on computer playtime and what to do if your child objects.
- Decide how much time per day or week you want your child to spend on sedentary activities like playing on the computer.
- Set aside time specifically during the day for computer play, or set a time limit before gameplay begins.
- Be prepared to say "Time's up." followed by an immediate suggestion as to what your child should do next (ex: wash up for dinner, do homework, go outside and play, etc).
- Plan for protests like "But I'm in the middle of a game!" and plan an appropriate response in advance.
- Leave the computer out in an area that can be viewed by the entire family rather than in your child's room. This allows for you to track how much your child is actually playing.
- Talk to your kids about why it is important to be active and limit time in front of the computer.
- Suggest active pastimes such as participating in sports, playing outside, or taking a walk. Learn about other aerobic activities by playing our game Bubble Rubble.