Important Reminders About Screen Time
Managing the amount of time children and young people spend in front of a screen is a concern that many parents and teachers share. Set reasonable expectations for the amount of time your child or young person is spending in front of a screen, and for the type and quality of that screen time.
It can be hard to get away from screens in our increasingly digital life. Screen time can be defined as any time spent on a device with a screen, including televisions, computers, smart phones, tablets, video games and even wearable technology such as smart watches.
The Australian Government, Department of Health provides recommendations for the physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours for children and young people. Across a 24 hour period, the following is recommended:
- infants younger than two, have no screen time
- children ages 2–5, have no more than one hour per day
- children and young people aged between 5–17 years have less than 2 hours a day of sedentary recreational screen time.
These time limits do not include the screen time spent on educational activities.