Screen dependency and addiction: how much is too much? (Part 2)
Thank you to all my readers for all the lovely feedback on my last blogpost. This is the final part of the series on screen dependency and addiction among children. I am sharing the recommended guidelines for adequate screen time and signs and symptoms of screen addiction and measures to prevent it.
What are the recommended guidelines for screen time in children?
The ultimate choice of whether or not you want a zero screen time policy, lies with you. However, here are some useful guidelines by AAP, to prevent toddler screen time addiction:
Babies younger than 18 months – Avoid use of screen media other than video chatting (with family members)
Toddlers aged 18 to 24 months – Choose high-quality programming. Parents should watch it with their children to help them understand what they are seeing
Preschoolers aged two to five years – Limit screen use to 1 hour per day, and to high-quality programmes. Parents should co-view with children.
Children aged six and older – Place consistent limits on time spent using media, the types of media and ensure it does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviour essential to health
How can I ensure that my child doesn’t get addicted to it?
As parents, we are dealing with the children of the 21st century. Digital technology has become an important tool for communication, education, entertainment and learning.
Prevention is of course better than cure so do take all possible measures to prevent toddler screen time addiction. Look out for these warning signs
🔴 Child has a massive meltdown whenever you take away the device
🔴Looks for any possible opportunity to use an electronic device
🔴Becomes aggressive or throws tantrums when he doesn’t get screen time
🔴Begs for more time on the device when you ask him to put it away
🔴Performance in school deteriorate
🔴Becomes more inattentive
Backed by current research, it is absolutely safe to state that the screen time affects a child’s physical and mental health both and there are no ways to reverse or compensate for the effects by physical activity.
Toddler screen addiction is a real and growing problem. Do your part to ensure that your child doesn’t fall prey to it.
Until then, take care!