Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How much screen time is too much?

One of the things I’m struggling with is how much to limit our 3 year old’s exposure to screens. We seem to be in front of one screen or another for much of the day and they say that your child will learn from what you do. I’ll be the first to admit that I probably spend a little too much time in front of the TV and computer. I work in IT for a living so I’m in front of a screen at work, I enjoy the occasional TV program as a way to unwind at night and I check my phone/tablet quite a bit during the day/evening. All totaled up, our child sees this and realizes they can play games on the tablet, watch TV on the TV/tablet and take it in the car. We try to limit the amount of time spent in front of these devices but I wonder at what point is it too much? They spend time outside and at play dates with friends, but we find that watching some type of screen is starting to get to the norm of the day whether it be as part of a “getting started in the morning” or “going to bed” or “traveling in the car” routine.

What are your thoughts?

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