Tracking Screen Time (2-22-15)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:        Screen time should be limited.

PRACTICE:   Start today to keep track of how much time your child spends:

  • Reading or being read to;
  • Watching T.V.;
  • Using some other type of “screen” (like LeapFrog, ipod, computer, phone, etc.); or
  • Playing with real live people.

When you see the amount of time spent in each of the above activities, ask yourself if you think this is the best use of time for your child.

Is he getting information different ways or mostly through screens? Is he playing with real live people or spending his time alone playing with people only through screens?

The average screen time for children and teens is seven hours a day. But, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not more than two hours per day and none for infants and toddlers (under 2-years-old).

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MR. ZINGER’S HAT.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at The Importance of Storytelling.



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