SCREEN TIME RESTRICTIONS FOR TEENAGERS

They spend a lot of time in front of a screen. The problem is that too much screen time can interfere with physical activity, homework, socializing, and family time. Weight gain and sleep issues can also be a result of poor diet and exercise habits.

Using a computer, tablet, or smartphone can be used for a variety of purposes, including research for a school project, creating music or art, or chatting with friends on social media. Playing games, viewing TV shows and streaming videos are also part of the experience.

Set limitations on screen time and monitor what your children are doing online.

What Is the Limit of Excessiveness?

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents of children and adolescents establish consistent media consumption limits. Media involves both amusement and education, such as watching television or playing video games (like researching a school project).

As a general rule, not all time spent on the screen is equal. Despite the fact that today’s teenagers are more self-reliant, parents still have the final say on how and when their children use devices. Students may need to spend more time online to complete their assignments, but they may also engage in social media, video games, and other media like TV and movies in large amounts as well.

No amount of time spent in front of a screen should be considered a replacement for other important activities such as rest and nutrition.

Tips for Managing Your Screen Time

  • Encourage your adolescent to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, such as hanging out with friends, joining a club, or going to the gym. Insist that your adolescent engage in regular physical activity and obtain adequate rest.
  • Turn off all electronic devices while eating and at least an hour before going to sleep. Take any electrical gadgets with screens out of your teen’s room when it’s time to go to sleep. Your teen’s health and well-being depend on a decent night’s sleep.
  • Before letting your teen buy video and computer games, do some research. EC (short for “early childhood”) all the way up to AO are just a few examples of possible ratings (meaning “adults only”). Playing games classified T (for “teenagers”) or younger are typically the best bet for teens. If you can, play the games with your teen to get a feel for what they’re like. You may not agree with the game’s rating.
  • Watching TV, playing video games, or getting online with your teen are all great ways to spend time together. Take advantage of this opportunity to converse and learn from one another.
  • Ensure that the computer is situated in a location where you can monitor what is going on. Educate your teen on how to use the Internet and social media responsibly. Educate them on the dangers of sexting, cyberbullying, and disclosing private information online.
  • Be a role model for others to look up to. When not in use, turn off all screens, including televisions. Stay away from screens that are constantly on. To avoid distractions while having meals with your loved ones, put your phone on silent or mute.

Doctors can help you if you have questions or concerns about your teen’s screen use.

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