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Limiting Screen Time for Our Children | WHY and HOW?

Today, we are discussing a very important subject: screen time and our children. How much is too much? What can they do instead? and How can we as parents help?

I discuss the subject of screen time in Connoisseur Kids and even give a list of 50 activities children can do that don't involve screens. In today's video, I give many more ideas and also discuss my philosophy regarding screen time.

Here is an interesting article I found from WebMD on the subject of screen time.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

Can Too Much Screen Time Hinder Child Development?

Young children spend a lot of time fiddling with smartphones, tapping away at tablets and staring at TV screens.

Could this time be taking away from their early physical and mental development?

A new study argues that's precisely the case -- screen time can affect how well children perform on developmental tests.

"Kids who are being put in front of screens are showing delayed development," said lead researcher Sheri Madigan. She is research chair of child development with the University of Calgary's department of psychology, in Canada.

Watching TV, using a computer, playing video games, and goofing around with tablets or smartphones were among the types of screen time reported.

"We found that, on average, children are viewing screens somewhere between two and three hours per day," Madigan said. "This exceeds the recommended guidelines of no more than one hour of high-quality programming for kids between the ages of 2 and 5" set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

As you can see, even doctors agree that limiting screen time is necessary for raising well-rounded children.

I firmly believe that leading by example is the most important aspect here. We as parents need to not be attached to our own screens. There should be an atmosphere in the home that does not revolve around the television and constant entertainment.

An emphasis on enjoying books and a love of learning are also critically important. I do hope you watch today's video to hear my expanded thoughts on this important subject.

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Meet Kelly said...

Love the ideas here and definitely makes me want to figure out different ideas for my older boys who seem to always want a screen. I also need to choose times to watch my favorite YouTubers so that it doesn’t always appear that I myself am soaking up a screen. I like to search for recipes or listen to YT while cooking or cleaning, but I think that can come across as “playing” in their eyes and not so much learning or being creative. Lessons for me to learn as well. I never watch tv but YT is my weakness. I use it to learn from other women, especially you Jennifer. But I need to be careful how they perceive it.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Kelly, I totally relate to your comment! I think the same way as you regarding this matter. Thanks for stopping by!