Screen time is quite a controversial topic these days. Some parents are all for it, when used in moderation with age appropriate content. Some are adamantly against it. And yet others have no restrictions at all. Where does your family stand?
As a company, we tend to look to and cite the American Academy of Pediatrics “recommended use”, which is as follows:
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._
Do you feel that there’s a place for this type of media? If so, what do you deem appropriate?
Thank you for keeping comments and feedback positive as this is intended to be constructive discussion.