As a parent, it can be a challenge to figure out how much time screen time to let your child have. They use screens for learning, communicating, playing games, relaxing and more.
Small amounts of screen time can be useful and enjoyable for families. Children can keep in touch with relatives and friends, be creative, and be entertained or distracted.
Due to their many uses, it is often difficult to control the amount of time children spend using screens, instead of taking part in other important childhood activities.
However, researchers and health professionals are starting to see some impacts on child health and development as a result of screen time.
The amount of time spent in front of a screen, and the quality of the content, has been linked to some negative health outcomes.
Children who have too much screen time can have issues with weight, sleep, communication skills, neck and back strain, eye health, and exposure to harmful information.
So, what can you do to reduce the risks for your child?
Develop some family guidelines that focus on:
Like all parenting decisions, it’s important to make sure you model the preferred behavior. Start conversations about screen time with your kids and encourage healthier habits.
At CubbyCare, we offer the perfect balance of educational programs and play time. We also provide healthy, delicious meals and caring staff.
Talk to us today to explore our centres and find a nurturing, supportive environment for your child to thrive.