Turn that thing off! Setting rules for family tech use

Marketplace Tech etiquette guru Janell Burley Hofmann is a Cape Cod Mother of five with strong opinions about how to behave with technology. Today's topic: Family tech policy.

How do you set aside electronics in order to better spend time with family? And, maybe even thornier: How do you set rules for setting aside electronics that everyone can still live with?

Hofmann has two recommendations to tackle this issue with tact:

1. Agree on guidelines ahead of time. Before that big family get together, Hoffman suggests sending out a group email asking for "screen-free" day.

2. Suggest a "screen-free" activity such as playing a board game, hiking, or another outdoor activity.

How do you manage your family's tech use? Tell us in a comment below.

About the author

Janell Burley Hofmann, is blogger and a Cape Cod mother-of-five.

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