Kids and teens spend a lot of time in front of screens, including smartphones, tablets, game consoles, TVs and computers.
Children ages 8-12 spend an average of 4-6 hours a day in front of screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours. While screens can entertain, teach and keep children busy, too much use can lead to problems.
When is the perfect time to allow your baby to watch TV? How many hours a day are allowed?
Here are some tips for when you’re not sure:
- Limit babies up to 18 months to only video chats with an adult (for example, a parent who is not in the city).
- Between 18 and 24 months, the screen time should be limited to watching educational programmes with a caregiver.
- For children aged 2-5 years, limit the non-educational screen time to about 1 hour per weekday and 3 hours on weekends.
- Encourage healthy habits for ages 6 and older and limit activities that include screens.
- Turn off all screens during family meals and outings.