Child Psychology and Behaviour

How to Reduce Screen Time

Richa Aggarwal
7 to 11 years

Created by Richa Aggarwal
Updated on Sep 17, 2020

Reviewed by Expert panel

Screen Time can lead to agitation, irritation, anxiety in Children. It is also addictive in nature. It does give your child a short term pleasure through its engaging content but studies have proven that excess screen time can affect your child's sleep adversely. 


The screens of cell phones emit a blue light that suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that is responsible for controlling your sleep / wake cycle. Reduction in melatonin can make it difficult for your child to sleep which can in turn lead to issues like concentration problems, hyperactive behavior to name a few. 


Things that you can do include setting an example yourself, setting limiting viewing times, think of ways on how to give your child positive screen time, playing with your child, encouraging other activities, spending quality family meal time and being involved in their lives. Mobile Time has to be fixed for the Child. Parents should get creative and find other ways to engage them so they don't spend a lot of time on phones. Adventurous things like Pillow fights, playing treasure hunts etc can help them use their time in a fun way. Also, put the mobile phone on gray mode, put the notifications off, do not put the alarm on the phone. Instead use an alarm clock. It is important to genuinely take some time off mobile phones.


Watch this as Psychologist Richa Aggarwal talks of Tips to Reduce Screen Time. 

Watch the entire video with Psychologist Richa Aggarwal to know all about how to handle irritation, aggression in children and deal with it in an effective way and also how to structure their day.


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