How to moderate your child's screen time?
Sep 03, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
As per WHO guidelines, sedentary screen time (such as watching TV or videos, playing computer games) for a 1 year old is not recommended. For children of 2 years, sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour. Less is better.
For 3 to 4 years-old children, Sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour. Less is better.
A child between 4 to 7 years of age should ideally have no more than 45 minutes of screen time in one go, and no more than 2 hrs of screen time in a day.
It is important to moderate the screen time for a child.
Start with moderation of screen time by having some rules at home. Few things that you can do include:
A child shouldn't wake up to the gadget as the first thing in the morning. Also, meal time is gadget-free time. If your child wants to use the gadget whenever they have some time on their hands, it means your child is over using the gadget. Make a rule that meal time is a gadget-free zone. Even if it is just 10 minutes or half an hour, it makes for family time, when the entire family eats together as it also builds a connecting time for the family who are busy with their own things throughout the day. Keep evening for play time in the outdoors. There should be no screen for 1 hour before sleep time. It also helps to pre-agree on the duration of screen time for one stretch
You may have to put in some checks and balances for screen time at a stretch.
Learn how to moderate screen time of your child with Expert Richa Aggarwal. Richa will be sharing some strategies and some dos and don'ts to regulate screen time.
Richa Aggarwal, Psychologist
Richa Aggarwal is a counselor, healer, guide, therapist, and facilitator. She has extensive experience in counseling, adolescent counseling, parent counseling, counseling for various behavioral aspects.
| Aug 26, 2021
my children are sometimes glued to cartoons and its takes quite an effort to divert them. I have tried offering an activity when I have the time. However sometimes due to busy schedule at office its difficult to divert them and TV seems the only way for them. My husband is also a tv fan and so its that much harder! Looking for some insights!
| Sep 03, 2021
Hello Ma'am ! My 9 year old everyday promises me that she won't watch videos for more than two hours but when it comes to prcatically following it, she just can't resist it and continues to watch for hours together. Since I work from home, I don't get time to engage her in activities. Kindly suggest ways to help her get rid of this habit.
| Sep 03, 2021
Namaskar Ma'am! I have recently shifted TV from my children's room to drawing room, but that doens't seem to help either. My 7 year old still says he can't have food without watching TV. He will keep on sitting with his plate for two hours or even more if TV is switched off. He will ask for food repeatedly, saying he is hungry, so that he can watch TV. What else can be done to tackle with this issue. Please give your valuable inputs.
| Sep 03, 2021
Namaste Ma'am ! What is the long term impact of viewing phone and iPad continuously on children aged 12 and 7. Since my elder one doens't listen to me and answers back when told to stop,following his role model my younger one to continues to play games on ipad. They don't listen to me at all and even say that they won't study if I take away their gadgets. I have tried every option possible. Is there any way out, as I am giving up on them gradually.
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