School will be out for the summer in a couple of weeks, do you let them on a phone or Ipad more?  Do you set limits on your children’s screen time?  Do you know what your child watches?

How can I set screen time limits at home?

Setting limits when children are young is easier than cutting back when they’re older. As a family, agree on basic screen time rules that everyone understands and shares. Consider developing a family media plan to guide when, how and where screens can—and can’t!—be used.

Here are some tips:

  • Be a good role model with your own screen use—on all devices.
  • Turn off devices for mealtimes, reading with your child or doing things together as a family.
  • Turn off screens when no one is using them, especially background TV.
  • Avoid using screens for at least 1 hour before bedtime and keep all screens out of your child’s bedroom. They interfere with sleep.
  • Choose healthy activities, like reading, outdoor play and crafts, over screen time. 

How do I choose the right apps, videos or programs for my child?

Whenever possible, make screen time an activity you and your child do together. Watch with your child and talk about what you’re seeing. To ensure quality content:

  • Choose educational, age-appropriate and interactive programs and apps. Educational apps have a clear learning goal and encourage participation.
  • Try out apps before your child uses them.
  • Make sure your child watches programs you’re familiar with.
  • Avoid commercial and adult or ‘entertainment’ programming.
  • Use a media rating system to guide your viewing choices.

 

“Be a good role model: Limit your own screen time, especially around your children.”

Read the complete article from Caring for Kids HERE  Also read the additional resources for more great information.

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