I get this question all the time from my parents. As a teacher, educator, and a mother of two Millenials and one Gen Z, of course, I have a strong opinion about this and did a bunch of research on this subject.
Screen time is a hot debate between parents today. Too much screen time can have negative effects on your kids. It promotes a sedentary lifestyle and kids are physically inactive for long periods of time. However, how can I not give an iPad or a PS4 to my child? All of his friends have one and they will feel out of place.
Whether kids spend too much time in front of a television screen, computer screen, iPad or phone screen, the effects are the same. Kids are choosing screen time over a good night’s sleep. The average screen time is skyrocketing at a speedy rate. I read the other day that mobile screen time went up to 48 minutes a day. Take note that these numbers are for kids 0 – 8 years old.
Tweens reported around 4 hours of screen time, while teens waste 6 hours and 40 minutes in front of their mobile devices. Professor David L. Hill, MD, FAAP warned that spending too much screen time can be dangerous for kids. He said that excessive time on screen heightens the risk of obesity, and kids will have difficulty sleeping at night.
So, as parents, what can you do to lessen your kid’s screen time? Below, I have listed 4 useful tips that can help you out.