In today’s digital age, it can be quite overwhelming to balance kids’ screen time with other activities. Between cell phones, computers, video games, and television, your child’s menu of screen options has grown exponentially, and shows no signs of stopping. While everything is perfectly acceptable in moderation, too much of anything can be bad for your child. If you’re concerned with your child’s TV time, check out these ten fail-safe ways to make TV time much healthier and more productive for your little one.
10. Do Your Research
Ultimately, one of the most important things you can do is to read up on what the guidelines for your child are in your area. Families in the United States should consult the recommendations of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), whereas Canadian families can learn about healthy screen time recommendations from the Canadian Pediatric Society. Just this year, the AAP revised its guidelines to now recommend between children 2 and 5 years of age should be limited to just one hour of screen time each day. As with any parenting issue, research pays off.
9. Look Into Parental Controls
Nearly all devices these days come with parental controls either built-in or available for download. These can include password protection to keep children away from certain sites or television programs, or even automatic timers which can limit children to a pre-set amount of screen time each day. These can be set to automatically prohibit any material above a certain rating or violence level. Consult your device’s or television’s manufacturer to learn about what parental control options are available to your family.