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Screen time: Where does your family stand?


#1

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 Pediatricsrecommended 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. :blush:


#2

This is a tough topic! We purposely don’t have cable, only have 1 tv in the house in our family living room, and live in a part of the country where we can be outside most of the year. However, it is still hard to avoid excessive screen time. We travel which results in hours and hours of screen time, we have friends visit and put on a movie, and then we have older kids who like to play video games so our youngest sees way more than our oldest did thanks to games like Legend of Zelda and Mario.

In our research here, I have learned that I underestimated how much screen time my kids were getting.


#3

My daughter is 1 and does not get any screen time except FaceTiming relatives. I see such a difference with her vs the boys I watch who have screen time often. I want her to learn to play and be in the moment not always distracted.


#4

@Paysonsmom that is great to hear. With three, kids I am convinced that screen time directly affects their behavior. If we give them screen time they have less patience and become more whiny. It’s tough having a really young one and a ten year old as the ten year old is obsessed with Fortnite right now.