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Screen time for kids

posted Jan 20, 2017, 7:51 AM by   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 3:11 AM by ]
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Parents and Educators are concerned about students spending too much time front of “screens.” 
Screens include, but are not limited to, TVs, computers, tablets, and smartphones.

In the past too much time in front of the screen was considered to be bad.

But new guidelines released last Fall by the American Academy of Pediatrics makes distinctions between types of activities.

CNN reports that using devices for entertainment is considered different from using them for homework. The latter should not be considered in total screen time for the day.  

Please read the specifics of each article, but the general guidelines are as follows:

  • Infants 18 months and younger: No screen time

  • Children 2 to 5 years: One hour per day

  • Children 6 years and older: Limit digital media

Students of older ages need to ensure they get adequate exercise and sleep. Binge watching TV or binge playing video games should be discouraged.

Some ISD students report to teachers that they often watch TV and play videogames for up to 10 to 12 hours a day on the weekends and holidays.

We adults need to pull ourselves away from our devices (yes, we are guilty too) and better monitor our children for their own health. We often condone our own use under the guise of ‘work.’ If we are to be role models and healthy ourselves, we need to also unplug and engage our children in alternative activities.

Common Sense Media has some more ideas and FAQs on their Screen Time page.

Another good resource for more information is the Parent's Guide to Internet Safety. It covers many more topics and provides ideas for parents.

Kevin Leinbach, IT coordinator

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