Screen time alternatives for kids
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.