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How much screen time is too much? What should my child be watching? When do I limit their usage, and how? These are common questions that many parents struggle with in this age where technology is everywhere! While technology is more readily available and can be a wonderful source of learning, even for children as young as two, it comes with some distinct disadvantages and should be monitored closely.
Some of the downfalls of unsupervised technology use and overuse include:
Although it sounds simple, limiting screen time can be easier said than done. It is easy to let your child turn on the TV or hand them your phone to watch videos or play games when they complain of boredom. While you may not be able to completely eliminate technology, there are ways to limit the daily use.
If you are unsure of an approximate time that your child should be using technology, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following:
Setting limits on technology use and social media is a start, but it is important for your children to see you sticking to your own rules. Create a space for cell phones and tablets to go while eating so that you aren’t tempted to check your email. Use this technology-free time to have relaxed conversations with your child.