Are you concern with your kids screen time? Are you managing their screen time?
One of the biggest challenge all parents face today is how to manage the amount of screen time their kids are exposed to. At their tender age, children and teens are still unable to manage their own screen time and they depend on the adults especially parents to help them navigate media, which can have both positive and negative effects. “Family needs to be mindful of the use of media within the family”, said Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement on media use in school-aged children and teens.
When is too much screen time a problem?
Problems begin when media use displaces physical activity, hands-on exploration and face-to-face social interaction in the real world, which is critical to learning. Too much screen time can also harm the amount and quality of sleep. (Source)
To help parents, AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) issued new recommendations for kids’ media use in November 2016. Among the AAP recommendations:
- For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting.
- Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
- For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
- For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
- Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
- Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
Let’s do this together!
Help your kids detox from screen time using this Screen Detox Challenge. Help them to track and monitor their usage of screen time with this fun printable. Let’s aim for 1 month of reduced screen time!
How it works
Tame the mystical wolf – Have your kids track their own daily use of the devices and color the days according to their usage. Form a blue mystical wolf if they have healthy screen time, a red fiery wolf if they spent too much time on the devices.
Help them form new habits during the process using the calendar and habit trackers. It takes 21-30 days to form new habits!
Finally, reward them if they did well taming their screen time habits!
And encourage them for MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!