Screen Time Guidelines for Children

Increasing Screen time in kids is a cause of growing concern as digital devices become increasingly indispensable in our daily life. Recommendations for screen time vary depending on the age of the child and the type of screen activity. Some general guidelines based on expert advice:

For Children Under One and a half years

  • Avoid screen time absolutely except for video chatting.
  • For Children One and half to 2 Years
  • If parents want to introduce digital media, high-quality programming should be used and parents should spend time with the children to help them grasp the content

For Children 2-5 Years

  • Limit screen time to 1 hour per day of high-quality programming. Parents should watch media with children

For Children 6 Years and Older

  • Limits should be set on the time spent using media and the types of media. Media should not interfere with adequate sleep, physical activity, and other behaviors essential to health.

General Tips for Managing Screen Time

  • Be a role model yourself
  • Demonstrate healthy screen habits.
  • Create tech-free zones Designate some areas of the home, like bedrooms and dining areas, as screen-free zones.
  • Encourage other activitie and promote outdoor play, board games , reading, hobbies, and family time.
  • Use parental controls and Utilize tools to manage and monitor the child’s screen use.
  • Educate about online safety Teaching children about privacy, cyberbullying, and appropriate online behavior Is very crucial.

The key is to find a balance that ensures children can enjoy the benefits digital media has to offer while maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle mental and physical well being.