PRESCHOOLERS’ SCREEN TIME RESTRICTIONS
By interacting with the environment around them, preschoolers learn. Running, climbing, and swinging on the playground are all necessary activities for them to stay healthy and stimulate their ideas.
It is possible to use screen time to reinforce learning and encourage creative play if you choose educational programs, games, or applications. However, excessive screen time can cause learning and sleep difficulties, as well as raise a child’s risk of obesity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asserted that preschoolers should limit their screen use. But in today’s environment, keeping kids away from televisions, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and gaming systems might be a challenge because of all the gadgets they’ll see. So parents need to limit the amount of time their children spend in front of a screen.
What Is the Limit of Excessiveness?
Children ages 2 to 5 can watch instructional content for up to an hour a day. The exception to this rule is video conferencing with grandparents or other family members, which is considered meaningful time spent with others and should be encouraged.
Tips for Managing Your Screen Time
Set a good example, set limits, and talk to your child about it when it comes to screen time, just like you would with any other activity.
The following tips can help you make the most of your child’s screen time:
- Interact with young children when they are using a screen. For example, you and your child could engage in an instructive game or a discussion about something you both see on a kid-appropriate television show or video.
- Don’t buy games or applications for your youngster until you’ve done your homework.
- However, not all the instructional applications and games are what they promise to be. Find out what educators and doctors think are the best online. Before sharing with your youngster, try to see what it will look like in advance.
- Make sure your youngster has a lot of non-screen time in his or her day. Children’s playtime is critical to their education and the development of creativity. Preschoolers need a moment each day when they are not constantly surrounded by electronic devices. Set aside time for hands-on learning and socializing. In addition, make sure your youngster receives enough sleep and participates in physical activity on a daily basis.
- Prevent the temptation to watch television or other electronic devices for at least one hour before you go to bed. Remove all televisions and other electronics from children’s beds.
- Set a positive example for others to follow. All screens, including televisions, should be turned off while not in use. Stay away from screens that are constantly on. When you’re not using your phone, like during family dinners, turn it off or mute it. Make time to play with your youngster.