Screen Time Without Scream Time

In this day and age everyone will be exposed to some screen or another. Exposing children to screen at a young age may lead them to develop unhealthy habits when they are older. Hence, it is important that parents help their children develop good screen habits at a young age. Here are 10 healthy screen tips for parents:

  1. Establish tech-free zones by keeping TVs, computers, laptops and iPads in family spaces and out of children’s bedrooms Screen Shot 2016-10-06 at 7.00.25 PM.png
  2. Turning the TV off before school and at dinner time tv-repair-services.jpg
  3. Not allowing children to use digital devices during meals and before going to bedFamilyEatingDinner.jpg
  4. Setting time limits for how long your child should be on the device
    • Children under 2 should have minimal to no screen time
    • Children aged 2-5 years should have no more than one hour of screen time a day
    • Children aged 6-18 years should have no more than two hours of screen time a day
  5. Not using iPads and other devices as a way of calming your childWhy-I-will-not-give-my-baby-my-iPad.jpg
  6. Ensuring screen time is interactive by encouraging your child to play interactive games or use the devices as a way to interact with your childarguing-family.jpg
  7. Extending the experience beyond the screen e.g. if your child loves cat/dog videos take them to play with a real cat or dogcomputer-cat.jpg
  8. Ensure there are content filters installed on your device
  9. Offer your a range of activities and objects to stimulate and entertain them so they are less reliant on screens9ca7bb5c0a545987f5554ba7754d49ee.jpg
  10. Set a good example by limiting your own screen time

Being exposed to screens are inevitable but make sure you are making healthy choices for you and your child.

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4 thoughts on “Screen Time Without Scream Time

  1. To suggest that children aged 6 – 18 years of age be only allowed 2 hours of screen time within a day with quite ridiculous. In today’s school system, our children are using more and more technology as a means of education. From teachers using Smartboards to using educational media pages to set homework for students like Edmodo. Our children in not only primary school but highschool as well require a lot more than 2 hours of screen time to complete their homework. Especially my children in highschool who have a majority of their textbooks online, they will require more than this absurd suggestion of a limit.

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    • Hi Alison dear, I don’t think you need to be so strong in your reply.
      I too am a mother, of three in fact, however, I do agree with the general idea of the post. I have twins aged 8 and a teen aged 14, I do at times find it difficult in controlling their use of technology and these tips are quite useful. As for your disagreement with the 2 hour limit for 6-18 year olds, I do believe that this is a stretch however as you said our children in high school are already using screens quite a lot and thus a restriction of their use of technology at home is crucial. My 14 year old has already been prescribed glasses from the over exposure to screens and that is completely my fault for not limiting her use.

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      • Hi Melissa, while I am in no position to say what you can/cannot be doing with controlling your kids use of technology, I just want to point out that if children are left at home to their own devices they will literally go to their own devices. Perhaps enrolling your children in extra-curricular activities can be a way of ‘forcing’ the children to do things other than sit at home on their iPads. We cannot simply force our children to not go on their iPads when there is nothing else available for them to entertain themselves with. As for the situation with them wearing glasses purely because of their use of ‘screens’ is arguable. From personal experience, it is the environment in which the children use it. If they are constantly viewing the screens in dark areas or placing the screen very close to their face for an extended period of time can cause deterioration in eyesight.

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