How Much Screen Time Should Children Have?
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Do you ever worry that your children are spending too much time in front of an electronic screen? I’m not just talking about vegging out in front of the TV. I’m talking about all of the screens that have infiltrated our homes — TV, gaming systems, iPads, computers, even phones. Now, there are even screens for books. Who doesn’t love the ease and convenience of the Kindle or Nook? And if you’ve ever had to wait with a busy child in a doctor’s office, you know the games on your phone can make the whole visit easier.
And not all of these screens are mindless. In our homeschool, I regularly implement PBS’ shows (i.e. Electric Company, Wild Kratts and Sid the Science Kid). They’re easy and kids learn a lot from them, often more than they would from a worksheet or textbook. And video games? Well, some spark creativity and encourage teamwork. But where is the balance?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests kids ages two years old and younger be completely screen-free. All other children should get no more than two hours a day
Maybe you’ll find it as interesting as I did. With the new school year right around the corner, using these screens purposefully will be another consideration in our homeschool. I’d love to hear from other homeschoolers: How do you regulate screen time? How do you use media in your homeschool? What effects have you seen? Let me know!
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