How do you limit screen time for your children? It is a hard question, isn’t it! These days a lot of our lives revolve around technology and being online and of course, if we are online a lot it makes sense our children will want to be too. Especially as my work is solely based online it requires me to be using my phone and laptop a lot of the time. I am finding that my girls want to use tablets and phones more and more.
So how do we limit and regulate screen time for our children and know what is best for them? Legal and General recently conducted a survey asking parents about their children’s screen time and they got some really interesting results. I have always thought that when I see children with mobile phones, they, of course, are using their parent’s phone but the survey found that 20% of millennial parents have bought mobile phones for their child before they are 4 years old! Crazy right! This goes up to 30% for tablets as 58% of parents surveyed admit to feeling pressured to buy devices for their children.
Sienna is 4 years old and has just started school full time. I think she is far too young to own her own mobile phone, do you? I feel that right now, both my girls are too young for a smartphone and if possible, I would like them not to have one before starting secondary school. Bella does have a basic phone which she can use for calls if she is not with us but uses an iPad at home which we restrict app wise and time wise.
Of course for travelling having a tablet is very handy
It is hard to know how long is too long and we do encourage our girls to play off the tablets by restricting its use during the week on school days unless it is related to her school work or helps with their learning. We do let Bella use her iPad over the weekend. We find this works for us and helps us to get a balance. The survey found that I am not alone in this and 45% of parents surveyed are also worried how the amount of screen time impacts their child’s school work and 40% are worried that their children are not engaged in the world around them.
Recently we have had to apply the same limits to Sienna. As she is younger she doesn’t understand as Bella does and is wanting to watch more and more videos on her kindle. She has a basic Kindle and the kids YouTube app but she is always wanting to watch videos and increase the time she is spending looking at the screen and using the Kindle. There is definitely a lot of pressure to just hand over the screen and allow our kids to use them more and for longer, I feel. The survey shows I am not alone and 63% of children use a device every single day.
We do try to encourage the girls to get off their devices as much as possible and play with other toys or play games and to get outside when we can. We love to take them both out as they are both active and love going to the park on their scooters to burn off some steam.
Do you agree with this survey? Do you feel pressured to get a tablet or phone for your kids at an early age? How do you limit screen time?
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