Now I know what you are thinking, ‘How can we get them off their ‘phone/iPad they will protest too much, how can we make the alternatives appealing?’
Make the alternatives as fun as possible – take them to the woods, to a beach, for a swim, to the zoo or bowling is a good family event. I find that taking them out is the best and sometimes only way to get kids away from screens!
Or how about a reward system:-
Every few hours hour of musical instrument practice/playing a board game/going on a walk = half an hour of screen time in the early evening*
You will find that the more time they spend offline the livelier and more talkative they become which is a reward in itself to a parent.
The dreaded blue light..
* The reason I talk about screen time I the early evening is that there is now good evidence that the blue light emitted by screens suppresses the hormone melatonin and this is our sleep hormone. So being on screens in the late evening can disrupt our sleep pattern and as we all know children need a good amount of sleep in order to function well and learn well at school.
A good article here
So I hope this is of some use please post in comments any other suggestions you have, I need help too!