In today’s digital age, managing screen time for children is a common challenge for parents. At Governess and Co, we understand the importance of balancing technology use with other enriching activities. Here are some practical tips to help you manage your child’s screen time effectively.

1. Set Clear Limits

Establishing clear rules around screen time is crucial. Decide on a daily or weekly limit and stick to it. For younger children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one hour of high-quality programming per day. For older children, it’s about finding a balance that ensures they have enough time for homework, physical activity, and social interactions.

2. Create a Schedule

At Governess and Co, our nannies and governesses emphasize the importance of structure. Create a daily schedule that includes designated times for screen use. For instance, you might allow screen time after homework and chores are completed or set specific times during the weekend for watching TV or playing video games.

3. Encourage Educational Content

Not all screen time is created equal. Encourage your child to engage with educational content that stimulates learning and creativity. There are numerous apps, games, and shows designed to be both entertaining and educational. Our governesses often recommend high-quality educational programs and apps that align with your child’s interests and learning needs.

4. Co-View and Co-Play

Whenever possible, engage with your child during their screen time. Co-viewing and co-playing can help you monitor the content and provide opportunities for bonding and discussing what they’re watching or playing. This involvement shows your child that you are interested in their activities and helps you understand the context of their screen time.

5. Model Good Behavior

Children learn by example. Demonstrate healthy screen habits by limiting your own screen time, especially during family activities and meals. Our nannies at Governess and Co are trained to model appropriate behavior and can help reinforce these habits when they are with your child.

6. Designate Screen-Free Zones

Create areas in your home where screens are not allowed, such as the dining room, bedrooms, and outdoor spaces. This encourages children to engage in other activities like reading, playing with toys, or spending time outside. Our governesses often suggest setting up inviting screen-free zones with books, puzzles, and art supplies to encourage alternative activities.

7. Promote Physical Activity

Balance screen time with plenty of physical activities. Encourage your child to participate in sports, dance, or simply playing outside. Governess & Co nannies can organize and supervise outdoor activities, ensuring your child gets the exercise they need to stay healthy and happy.

8. Use Parental Controls

Take advantage of parental controls on devices to limit screen time and access to inappropriate content. Many streaming services, apps, and gaming consoles offer settings that allow you to manage what your child can see and how long they can use the device.

9. Have Screen-Free Family Time

Dedicate time each day for family activities that don’t involve screens, such as board games, cooking together, or taking a walk. Our nannies and governesses can help facilitate these activities, providing ideas and support to ensure they are enjoyable and engaging for everyone.

10. Stay Informed

Stay informed about the latest trends in technology and the potential impacts on children. At Governess and Co, we provide resources and training for our staff to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest research and recommendations regarding screen time and child development.


Managing screen time effectively requires a combination of clear rules, structured schedules, and engaging alternatives. At Governess and Co, our experienced nannies and governesses are here to support you in creating a balanced approach to technology use that promotes your child’s overall well-being and development.

By incorporating these strategies, you can help ensure that screen time is a positive part of your child’s day, while also encouraging them to explore a wide range of other activities. For more personalized support and guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Governess and Co.