Paying attention to your child’s screen time

Kids who are more active and who spend less time in front of a screen are more likely to have healthier body weights, better social and language skills, better performance in school and improved self-confidence.

Among young children, excessive screen time has been linked to shorter attention spans, and slower intellectual and social development. In fact, Canada’s pediatricians recommend that children under two do not watch television or play electronic games at all.

Here are some guidelines to follow to limit the time children up to 4, and young children ages five to 11, spend sitting down - including time spent in front of a screen.

And, here are some tips to help you limit your child’s screen time, as well as tips to promote good television habits.

If you find yourself reaching for your phone or hand held video games to keep your kids busy at restaurants or in the car, this tip sheet may help you to change waiting time to play time.

And for tips on social media, check this one out.

Finally, Media Smarts is a website that offers all kinds of resources to help you and your kids make the most of the wired world. Have a look.

 

 

 

 

This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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