What Are Safe Levels Of Screen Time For Children?
It’s one of the most popular debates out there: is screen time harmful to our children?
At what age is screen time appropriate? How much screen time is too much? What’s an acceptable amount of screen time? These are all questions parents ask themselves and each family works to set their own set of guidelines.
But its counterpart in the UK is taking a different approach: The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in the UK recently released its first guidance on screen time, and found it was "impossible to recommend age-appropriate time limits" because "there is not enough evidence to confirm that screen time is in itself harmful to child health at any age."
Does that mean, go wild and let your child soak in as much screen time as they want? Not exactly. It simply suggests that further research is needed, and that parents are the best judge for what is developmentally appropriate for their child, just like baby food stages.
As Scott Goldstein, an instructor of clinical pediatrics at the Northwestern University School of Medicine stated in a Chicago Tribune article:"If you spend Friday night watching 'Planet Earth' documentaries for three hours, that's a lot different from putting your kids in front of YouTube and watching an hour of unboxing videos. It's not the time; it's what you're doing with the time."
As with all things in parenting, it is important to set guidelines and limitations that work best for your children and your family.