Family Media plan

Ahead of you is a simple and interactive tool. Take as much time you need to talk, explain, negotiate and agree on how your family will manage the use of screens from now on.


The family media plan applies to the whole family

Participating family members:

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Add the names of the remaining family members. You can enter any string. Even age. Example: Zala, 8 years old

We determine the screens we use

Select all screens to which the agreement will apply (multiple answers possible)

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  • We recommend that you also address the use of television
  • You can define screens according to individual family members (eg: Tom's phone...)

Spaces or areas without screens

Screen free spaces ...

Together with the children, identify areas or spaces without screens.

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  • Bedrooms are not a suitable place to charge appliances or use screens
  • Children should use the entertainment devices in common areas
  • Talk to your child and explain to him why a space without screens is important
  • In the case of smaller rooms, you can also define individual parts of the room (zones) without screens (eg: dining table, bed…)
  • The devices are stored in the agreed place after use

Our time spent without screens

We turn off the screens

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  • Define distance learning as time without entertainment and / or addictive content (eg video games, social networks…)
  • Time without screens should be filled with both enjoyable and rewarding activities
  • Encourage the occasional spending of boredom without screens
  • If possible, set a family digital diet together (day / part of the day without screens)
  • Alternatively: set up a digital diet for specific web content or individual devices (e.g. we watch TV together but don't use phones)
  • Children are watching you, it is advisable to avoid compulsive use of the mobile phone screen

We can use screens ...

Together with the children, define the basic rules for each child individually. The screen can only be used at leisure.

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  • It is recommended that parents also set aside time for fun content
  • The use of screens is not recommended until the age of 2
  • Physical presence of the parent - at least until the end of the 1st trimester of primary school
  • Unused time is in principle not carried over to the next day
  • See the time recommendations in the guidelines for the use of screens between children and adolescents set by pediatricians in your country
  • If the child has special needs, emotional distress or other problems, consult a specialist regarding screen time and setting rules / arrangements.

Relevance of the content

Allowed content

Define a list of permitted content with each child.

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  • Pay attention to the age appropriateness of the content
  • The child can only watch the content that is written (if necessary, add verified content)
  • Show interest and interest in what interests the child
  • Encourage constructive activities for screens (programming, design, drawing…)
  • If the children are of different ages behind the screen, adapt the content to the younger one
  • Talk a lot about safe content, about appropriate content
  • Also address inappropriate content

Our activities without screens

Joint activities

Define joint activities. Also specify the day of the week or month when you perform the digital diet together.

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Individual activities

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  • Choose mainly between pleasant activities
  • Add only those useful activities that the child is very likely to realize
  • You can define a proposal of pleasant activities for each member individually
  • Complete the list of activities
  • Adolescents will initially resist your initiatives. Don’t give up, but encourage them.

Movement and sleep

Care for exercise and a healthy lifestyle

We spend a lot of time outdoors and moving around. Our concrete ideas and commitments:

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Caring for a healthy sleep routine

We pay attention to enough sleep and quality sleep. Our ideas and commitments:

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  • For an individual family member, you can define when it is time to exercise and when it is time to sleep.
  • Do not allow the use of devices to "get stuck in bed"
  • Children need more sleep than adults
  • Sports clubs and hobbies are also considered to be time for movement…
  • Do not be exposed to screens for at least 1-2 hours before bedtime
  • Read about the importance of movement and sleep for the healthy development of your child, read the guidelines for the use of screens

Privacy and security

Online security

When using screens connected to the web, we can fall into the trap of skilled fraudsters and thieves. To reduce the likelihood of abuse of trust by the youngest users, some basic precautions are needed:

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  • Talk, talk, and talk again. The easiest way to keep your family safe online is to have a good interpersonal relationship and communication.

The success of the family plan

What if we succeed?

Enter the reward for each person separately:

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What if we fail?

Enter the consequences for each person separately:

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  • Children are more likely to break the agreement, and the role of parents is to perceive this and react accordingly (consequence / reward)
  • Help your child complete fun online activities
  • Judge when it is appropriate to reward with extra time behind the screen
  • Seizure of the device for a certain period of time is an appropriate way to introduce the consequences of violating the agreement.
  • In case of recurring problems, check the riskiness of the behavior with an addiction test

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