Screen Time

How much screen time is OK for my child?

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) have set out guidelines about screen time boundaries which take into account modern family life, the different types of technology that children come into contact with on a daily basis, and the huge variety of positive ways in which media can be used at home. Screen time incorporates the use of TVs, DVDs, on-demand services, portable handheld gaming devices and consoles, mobile phones, tablets and laptops to name a few.

 

Read our top tips:

1. Use digital devices together

1. Use digital devices together 

Get involved in your child’s online activities. Have fun, play games and learn together online, just as you would in the physical world. It will then be natural for your child to turn to you if they experience anything upsetting online.

2. Set clear expectations

2. Set clear expectations 

Clear family rules can help your child have a positive start to their digital life and get the most out of being online. Ask your child to help create some family rules.

3. Be informed

3. Be informed

Many digital devices, services and content providers offer a range of parental controls. You can choose the type of content and options that are suitable for your child. 

4. Establish good habits early on

4. Establish good habits early on 

Both adults and children enjoy sharing moments with family and friends through online images and videos. Starting conversations and good habits early on is a great way to support children in staying safe online.