Screen time is any time spent on the computer, texting and using a smartphone, watching television or movies, or playing video games. Health experts recommend that children under two spend no time in front of a screen and that, excluding homework-related screen time, kids over two spend no more than two hours of computer or television time per day.
Keeping screen time to a minimum will reduce your child's risk of obesity—in part by leaving more time for active and creative play. You can also help your family unplug through simple measures like:
Check out the resources below for details on the effects of screen time, as well as more tips on keeping it in check.
Let's Move! Screen Time Reduction Resources: Provides suggestions on how to reduce screen time, mitigate its negative effects, and get the family off the couch.
Mayo Clinic: Explains some of the physical and behavioral health issues linked to excessive screen time and offers recommendations for parents.
Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood: This national campaign provides a wealth of resources and reporting about the importance of reducing screen time for children.