In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to teach your little ones how to have a healthy relationship with screens. It’s all about balance! Here are the top three screen-time tips you need to know as the parent of kids ages 2 to 5:
1. The golden rule: One hour a day
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children aged 2 to 5 have no more than one hour of screen time per day, whether it’s on a phone, tablet or TV. This time should be devoted to high-quality, age-appropriate content that supports their development.
2. Create screen-free zones and times
Imagine creating magical screen-free zones! Designate mealtime, bedtime and family gatherings as sacred no-screen moments. Make it a family ritual for all ages to put away their devices and watch how it strengthens bonds and sparks creativity.
3. Quality counts
When your kiddo does have screen time, focus on the quality. Choose educational apps and shows that not only entertain but also teach valuable lessons. Think Bluey, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood or brain-boosting apps like ABCmouse.
By keeping these three key points in mind, you can strike a healthy balance between screen time and other enriching activities for your child. Remember, your active engagement in their screen time experiences, thoughtful content choices and a healthy mix of play and exploration will ensure they thrive in our digital age. Keep up the great work, parents!