“Screen time” doesn’t have to be a dirty word or a guilty secret among modern-day parents. In fact, studies don’t necessarily agree about how much screen time is too much. We dug into the research to understand the debate and to identify common recommendations.
It all boils down to four key tips: use screens rarely with kids under two; don’t use screens as a crutch for emotional regulation; restrict screen access before bedtime for better sleep; and focus on screen time quality versus quantity.
So, parents, you can breathe a sigh of relief. You’re not turning your child’s brain to mush by letting them watch a show while you get ready for work. On the flip side, if you’re concerned that your child is too attached to screens, we also have some fun alternative activities to kickstart a screen time diet.