Screen time alternatives for kids
Screen time is a battle many parents are familiar with. And with summer here, it can be even more challenging for parents to manage – and limit – screen time for their children of all ages.
It can also be a difficult for parents to stay up-to-date on the latest recommendations. The World Health Organization recommends children under two years of age have no screen time, and that 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 two
- 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.
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.