Every parent makes their own decisions and sets their own rules in their household. Often times, the orders enforced are generational – no candy before dinner, no TV after 9pm, no games before finishing homework – but how have these guidelines been adapted to contemporary times?
More than just the family room television, there are screens all around us (phones, computers, tablets, gaming systems) with endless information at the touch of our fingertips. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that overuse of digital media and screens can increase children and teens risk of obesity, solicitations, cyberbullying, sleep problems and negative school performance.
A 2015 Common Sense Media report showed 8 to 12-year-olds spent on average 4 hours and 36 minutes with screen media devices and tweens nearly double with the inclusion of social media, online reading and listening to music.
Advancements in technology may be inevitable, but your child’s mental/physical, safety and security is in your hands. Find out more on measuring children’s digital screen media time here.