The American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated policy statement on screen-time guidelines for parents & children. We thought we should share them with you.
- Guidance for Technology Use by Age
- ■ Not for 18 month & under Discourage screen media exposure for children younger than 18 month of age.
- ■ 18-24 month 1 hour a day. Don’t use it as a sitter. Skype is ok…
- ■ 1-5 years old Limit to 1 hour a day.
- ■ Older kids Try to minimize use to 2 hours a day.
- Out of sight out of mind
- Keep the TV set and Internet connected electronic devices out of the child’s bedroom.
- Monitor what media children are using and accessing, including any Web sites they are visiting and social media sites they may be using.
- If possible Choose high-quality programming. Co-view TV, movies, and videos with children and teenagers, and use this as a way of discussing important family values.
- Family rules for all devices
- Establishing a family media plan for all media. As part of the plan, enforce a mealtime and bedtime “curfew” for media devices, including cell phones.
- Establish reasonable but firm rules about cell phones, texting, Internet, and social media use.
And we saved the best for last, lead by example. Put your device down every once-in-a-while, be present for your kids without a screen.