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Set Healthy Limits on Your Child's Use of Mobile Devices

September 27, 2019

Research shows that young children spend an average of 48 minutes each day using a a smartphone or tablet.  That's up from 15 minutes daily average just a few years ago.


The good news is that kids' overall screen time hasn't increased -- the kind of screen they prefer is changing.  The bad news is that monitoring their screen time is now even trickier.  After all, unplugging is no longer as simple as turning off the TV and computer.


To set healthy limits on child's mobile-device use:


1.  Establish blackout times.  Set periods each day when all screens are of (yours too!).  If your child knows 3-5 p.m. is "tech free" time, for example, she'll get out of the habit of reaching for a mobile device during those hours.


2.  Power down before bed.  Screens and sleep don't mix.  In fact, screens make falling asleep harder.  So have your child stop using electronic devices at least one hour before lights-out.  And keep them out of your child's room at night.


3.  Leave the table at home.   When you're out running errands or sitting in a waiting room, offer your child traditional ways to amuse herself.  (Think of crayons and paper, reading a book, a deck of cards, etc.)  Show her that er own creative brain is the best "device"  she'll ever own.


Source:  The Common Sense Census:  Media Used by Kids Age Zero to Eight (2017)



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