Experts say limited to two hours or less a day unless it is work or homework related–interesting!
From the Kaiser Foundation
In 8-18 year olds:
- 28% parents set-TV watching rules
- 30% video game usage
- 36% rules about computer usage
When parents do set rules –showed that it was about 3 hours less than if no rules–hmmmm
7.5 Hours entertainment video
4.5 Hours on TV
1.5 Hours on Computer
1 + Hour on video games
More than 1 in 3 have a computer in their bedroom with internet access
50% have video games in Bedroom
2 out 3 have TV’s (this often increases their tv time by one hour!!)
25 MINUTES a day spent on READING BOOKS
What to do..What to do
Family Conference –can actually track time
Parents be good role modes
Play video games that make you active
Exercise at commercials–I guess DVR is out!
No screens in bedrooms
Meals are device and screen free
Provide other options for kids–this is your job!!!
Don’t use screen time as rewards or punishments–makes screen time seem IMPORTANT
This article did talk about solutions. Focus on the physical activity of our children!