Suggested Screen Usage For Children

Extended Screen Time Can Adversely Impact Your Child’s Overall Health.

Globalization has introduced numerous technological advancements aimed at enhancing convenience in daily life. One significant transformation in this era is the widespread use of digital screens in nearly every aspect of our lives. Devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs have become an integral part of the daily routine for many families. This leads to an increased likelihood of children being overexposed to digital screens at a young age, which could potentially impact their brain development.

What constitutes as excessive screen time for children?

According to Mayo Clinic, extended screen time can have harmful effects on children’s health including obesity, lack of social skills, disrupted sleep patterns, and behavioral issues. The Philippine Society for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus recommends limiting or avoiding screen time for children under 1, and guiding screen time for kids over 5 years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use for children between 18-24 months, except for video calling. Parents are advised to choose quality programming and supervise their children’s screen time. For children 2 to 5 years old, media exposure should be limited to one hour a day. Ultimately, it’s the parent’s responsibility to determine the appropriate screen time for their child.

What steps should parents take to manage their children’s screen time?

Parents can filter and monitor their children’s digital media consumption, but it’s also important to provide alternative activities. Encourage children to play with toys that stimulate interaction and social skills. For older children with access to digital devices, it’s helpful to have a conversation about acceptable online content and activate parental control features to monitor their online behavior.

What are some non-screen activities that can be enjoyed as a family?

The Philippine Society for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus recommends reading and storytelling activities for young children, and board games for older children. Other options for family fun include camping, exercise, cooking, and baking. Encourage building relationships and bonding moments without technology, and set a positive example by reducing your own device usage.

Medical Disclaimer

Your physician is always the best resource for providing the appropriate medical guidance for your situation. If you suspect an adverse drug reaction, seek medical assistance promptly and report it to the FDA at www.fda.gov.ph. Only purchase your medication from reputable and trustworthy pharmacies and retailers.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/screen-time/
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/screentime-baby-todd.html
https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Children-And-Watching-TV-054.aspx
https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/fact-sheets/screen-time-and-children
https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/pages/media-and-children.aspx