Screen time includes television, internet browsing, cell phone browsing and playing games.
Screen time guidelines according to the Canadian Pediatric Society are as follows: 📺Children under age two: no screen time 📺Children aged two to four: less than one hour a day of screen time 📺Children and teens aged 5 to 17: maximum of two hours a day of recreational screen time (watching television, messaging friends or playing computer games)
Too much screen time increases risk of: 🍰Overweight 😴Sleep-deprived 🏫Less school-ready Inattentive 😡Aggressive 🙁Less able to self-soothe.
Tips to set limits: 💗Be a good role model with your own screen use—on all devices. 💗Turn off devices for mealtimes, reading with your child or doing things together as a family. 💗Turn off screens when no one is using them, especially background TV. 💗Avoid using screens for at least 1 hour before bedtime and keep all screens out of your child’s bedroom. They interfere with sleep. 💗Choose healthy activities, like reading, outdoor play and crafts, over screen time.
How does your family set screen time limits?