2 Hours of Screen Time
Limit screen time to 2 hours or less of recreational screen time. Too much time in front of a screen can impact sleep, physical activity, and energy levels.
The Problem with Screens
Screens are part of our daily lives for learning, communication, and entertainment. With so many benefits, what is the harm in screen-time? Screen-time can keep both children and adults in one spot for too long, limiting physical activity. Young children also learn differently through a screen than playing and problem-solving without one. Too much screen time has also been linked to:
- Poor sleep habits
- Loss of social skills
- Less time for play
It is important to set limits and know what your kids are watching, playing, and how they're interacting on the Internet.
How much is too much?
- The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use, except for video chatting, for children younger than 18 to 24 months.
- For children ages 18 to 24 months, if screens are used, make sure it's high quality and watch with them. This can help them understand what is happening.
- For children ages 2 to 5, limit screen time to one hour a day of high-quality programming.
- For kids of all ages, screen time should not replace time needed for sleeping, eating, playing, studying, and interacting with family and friends.
- Consult your pediatrician with concerns.
Screen time tips
- Research video and computer games before getting them for your child.
- Preview games and even play them with your child to see what they're like before you let your child play alone.
- Turn off all screens during family meals and at bedtime.
- Make sure kids have a variety of free-time activities.
- Spend time together with your child watching TV, playing games, or going online.
- Preview TV programs.
- Use screening tools on the TV, computers, and tablets to block your child's access to inappropriate material.
- Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch what's going on.
- Limit your own screen use.
Resources for Parents
Screen Time vs. Lean Time
Unplug to Connect