How Much Screen Time Should Your Child Be Allowed? Let’s Find Out!

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With growing technological advancements, more and more children are spending time on screen. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) and several other concerned organizations have released numerical screen limit rules, there is no magic number that would fit into every family’s lifestyle.

With growing technological advancements and their integration into education, it is inevitable that children spend more time with eyes glued to the screen. Be it television, laptops, tabs or smartphones – educational content can be consumed from any of these. Screen time is not just devoted to learning needs; it is a powerful source of recreation for kids, whether they’re preference lies with cartoons, entertainment programs or with video games. And oh, let’s not forget how screen is indispensable to communication today – remember all those video calls that kept us in touch with our dear ones during the social distancing mandated by the COVID pandemic.

Although the WHO, or the World Health Organization (and few similar entities), has released numerical screen limit rules, there is no magic number that would fit into every family’s lifestyle. It falls on the parents to determine ‘what’ and ‘how much’ of screen time for their kids. But, before we write off all screen time as bad, let’s look at the different manners in which your children are engaging with lit digital media.

  • Passive time spent in watching TV, reading online, and listening to music.
  • Interactive time spent playing games, browsing internet (and attending interactive live classes too!).
  • Communication, both personal and professional, through videos, personal messaging and social media.
  • Creating content using screen devices, like producing music, making films or digital art.

 

These activities are widely different, but dependent on screen time. No doubt, the child should be out in the open, exploring and discovering the worlds, its hues, smells and sights. However, the importance of screen time cannot be ignored. What needs to be done is gentle monitoring, regulation and balancing of the virtual world with the real. Here are some tips!

  1. Pay attention to how your children behave or act while and after watching TV, playing games online, or hanging out online.

 If your children are using high-quality media that is age-appropriate, and their behavior is positive in addition to their screen time activities being balanced with off-screen ones, then there is no need to worry.

  1. Worried about excessive media use? Create a schedule!

Limit weekly screen time, set limitations on the kinds of screens that your children can use, the type of activities they can participate in, and the programs they can watch. Don’t forget to take your children’s input in planning the schedule. This will build trust and teach them about media literacy and self-regulation.

Extramarks creates a new age digital learning content for children, and firmly believes in partnering with parents in the learning process, to create the most effective learning experience for children. Through Extramarks – The Learning App, you can make your child study relevant topics and subjects daily for an adequate amount of time, while monitoring their app engagement, academic performance and progress through Parent EdConnect by Extramarks. Parent Edconnect is an app designed to help parents remain informed about their child’s learning journey, thus enabling informed intervention towards their academic success.

Create a healthy routine for your children and make sure that they spend quality time with screen media where they get to learn a lot of new things (but not for too long!). Set outdoor play activities for your child as well to maintain a balance between online and offline activities, and rest assured, your child will get the best of all worlds!