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What is the screen time problem?

Sometimes it seems like kids spend all their time watching a TV screen, using a phone or tablet, or playing computer games. You may even feel like banning technology from your house. That’s your choice. But for most families, screen time is now part of life and school, and we need to adapt. We need to help our kids find the right balance.

Why are screen time skills important?

Children can benefit from age-appropriate technology. Watching a movie or playing a phone or computer game can be fun, entertaining and a good way to relax. And there are many educational programs and apps that can help your child’s learning.

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Some ideas to get you started

So how can you strike the right balance in your house?

  • Start by learning about what technology is around. You can do your own research and talk to your children and other parents. Think about what’s good about each device. And think about what you will need to limit or manage, based on your child’s age.
  • Think about your own screen use, too. Kids will follow your example.
  • It’s also a good idea to put some clear rules and limits in place. Let your kids know what’s allowed and when. Discuss this as a family so that your kids can have a say.

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