Screen Time and Children

Lots of parents worry about their kids’ screen time,  however it is tough to realize how much is too much. Screen time is sedentary activity, meaning you are being physically inactive while sitting down. Very little energy is used  in the course of display screen time.

Too much screen time can make it hard for your child to sleep at night and raise the child's risk for attention problems, anxiety and depression.

Screen Time Guidelines

- No screen time for children under 2
- One hour per day for children 2 to 12

- Two hours per day for teens and adults

According to studies, parents who want to limit screen time for their kids have a better chance of success if they start early.

How to Reduce Screen Time

1. If your kids are spending a lot of leisure time on screens, including watching TV, start by setting smaller, more attainable goals. Do not let your child eat while watching TV or using the computer. Making family meal areas a phone-free zone is an easy way to start.

2. Be a good role model as a parent. Decrease your own screen time to 2 hours a day.

3. After school or work, spend time each day talking face to face with kids and give them your full attention.

4. Putting down the phone and taking a walk or playing outdoors increases your endorphins and provides that feeling of happiness in your brain, boosting your mood and improving your physical health.

5. Suggest other activities, such as family board games, puzzles, or going for a walk.

Please  check out some of our  conversation builders posters and flashcards here. They are designed to help kids learn different topics away from the screen.