More than ever before, children watch media closer to their face and are oftentimes involved with it in a way that’s less obvious to their parents. Therefore, it’s important to understand the physical and mental health impacts screens have on growing kids.
Tips for managing screen time
- Parents should establish media free times of the day and media free zones in the house
- All screens should be turned off one hour before bed time
- No screens should be allowed in the bedroom so that kids can’t isolate themselves. This also allows parents to keep a closer eye on the media with which their kids are interacting.
- Kids over the age of two (and up to five) should have no more than one hour screen entertainment per day
To help reduce eye strain, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends the “20-20-20 rule,” which says for every 20 minutes a child spends watching a screen, they should spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away.