Screen time alternatives for kids

by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM

Screen time is a battle that many parents fight. And with summer here, it can be even more challenging for parents to manage – and limit – screen time for their children. It can also be difficult for parents to stay up-to-date on the latest recommendations. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, a longtime Emergency Department nurse and mother of three, shares her tips for screen time alternatives.

WHAT ARE THE LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILDREN’S SCREEN TIME?

Nurse Rose: The World Health Organization recommends children under 2 years of age have no screen time, and children ages 2-4 should only have one hour of screen time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations are similar.

  • No screen time for children under age 2
  • One hour of high-quality programming for children ages 3-5
  • Consistent rules and limits on screen time for children over age 6 with plenty of opportunity and encouragement to be active and healthy

WHAT ARE SOME FUN ACTIVITIES FAMILIES CAN DO THAT DON’T INVOLVE WATCHING SCREENS?

Nurse Rose: Keep your kids entertained all summer with a few screen time alternatives.

  • Go on a walk
  • Visit a new park
  • Head to a museum or the zoo
  • Read together
  • Play a game of Wiffle ball, baseball or soccer in your backyard
  • Have a game night
  • Do science experiments
  • Make crafts
  • Do a puzzle together
  • Visit the library

There are many fun, healthy and active ways to spend time together as a family – and to help break your child’s screen time habit.

Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

Limiting screen time can help your child avoid problems like depression and anxiety. Are you or a loved one is struggling with depression?