Keep screen time below two hours a day
Screen time includes time spent...
watching TV, or using a tablet, smart phone, computer or gaming device. Try to limit your child’s screen time where you can. Ideally, they should have no screen time at all until they’re two. After this age, they should spend no more than two hours a day in front of a screen.
If they’re in front of a screen, they’re sitting down or lying down when they could be playing, exploring or being active. If they spend less time in front of a screen, they are more likely to be active and a healthy weight. And they’ll sleep better too.
How can I limit my child’s
- Set a good example - Show your child that screen time isn’t everything
Even if you don’t realise it, your child watches everything you do! Try to keep your own TV and smart phone use to a minimum while they’re awake.
- Give them an alternative that’s more fun
Read a book, play music, build a den, play with toys, dress up or pretend play, or play outside.
- Make some places and times screen-free
Have screen-free times every day, like the hour before bedtime. Make meal-times family time by eating with no TV or phones in sight. Use this time to talk together instead. Turn the TV off if no one’s watching it. Keep your child’s bedroom screen-free too. You’ll spend more time together, and you’ll all get a better night’s sleep.
- Make screen time something you do together
Watch TV or DVDs together. Talk about what’s happening on screen. When you talk with your child, it improves their language. It helps with their emotional and social skills too.
- Give it time
Cutting down screen time can be tricky. It can lead to tantrums. There are tips on dealing with these at the Give It Time website.