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As a parent in today’s world, you’ve surely asked yourself these questions: How much screen time is too much? What should my child be watching? When do I limit their usage, and how?
These questions are especially important now, when so many activities are no longer available to us and screen time is crucial to stay connected. While technology is more readily available and can be a wonderful source of learning, even for children as young as 2, it should be monitored closely. Some downfalls of unsupervised technology use (and overuse) include:
Although it sounds simple, limiting screen time is 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.
So, while you cannot completely eliminate technology, there are ways to limit the daily use.
If you’re 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’s important for your children to see you sticking to your own rules. Set a good example. Start by creating a space for cell phones and tablets to go while eating so that you aren’t tempted to check your own email. Use this technology-free time to have relaxed conversations with your child.