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Survive a Technology Grounding

kids playing with hula hoopsYou're grounded from watching TV, using your computer and your phone. Now what?

Your parent probably took away your technology because they think you can't live without it. Are they right?

If you're like many kids your age, you probably spend too many hours a day texting, talking on the phone, playing games or surfing the web. More than 2 hours a day is too much. Sitting too much while you’re texting or surfing can make you gain unhealthy weight. And, your brain needs a break from screens to recharge.

So here are a whole bunch of ideas of what you can do instead of spending time sitting in front of a screen. They're fun -- and a lot better than screen time. You'll see that taking a break from technology isn't such a bad idea. And you’ll show your parent that you actually can live without it.

Get Moving

When you spend a lot of time in front of screens, that means you don't move. You need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Now that computers and phones are off-limits, use that time to have fun on your feet! Moving is a great way to burn off stress or angry feelings. Plus, it's good for your heart and muscles.

  • If it's not part of being grounded, go outside and play. Ride a bike, shoot hoops, or take a walk. You can even jump rope in the driveway.
  • Put on some music and dance. Dance around your room or around the house. Put on your headphones if you don't want to bug the rest of your family.

Get Creative

Your brain needs a break from screens to recharge. Without electronics, you can get back in touch with your inner artist, writer, or musician. This can also help you relax and rest while you use your mind to create.

  • Draw or paint a picture.
  • Write a story or song.
  • Write in your journal.
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