Technology continues to become more and more prevalent in our society.  The debate over how much screen time is appropriate for children has intensified.

Parents know that devices are key to certain educational opportunities and a better future.   However, we all agree that too much screen time can have negative consequences for kids’ physical and mental health.  So, what’s a parent to do?

This blog post explores the pros and cons of screen time for kids.  We provide tips on how to strike a healthy balance and offer advice on when it might be necessary to set limits on screen time. 

Is This A Description Of Your Child?

  • Your child spends more time on screens than with real people.
  • They get agitated or angry when they can’t use their devices.
  • Miss real-life activities in favor of screen time.
  • Neglect personal hygiene or sleep in order to use their devices.
  • Lie to you about or hide their screen use from you.
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms when they’re away from their screens.
  • They use screens as a way to escape from problems or unpleasant emotions.

Researchers are still trying to figure how many of these signs your child shows before you take notice. 

In fact, if they exhibit several addiction-related behaviors, it is time to evaluate the amount of screen use at home.  Not only that, but limit their exposure and help them get off screens permanently before further damage is done.

Effects Of ScreenTime Addiction In Children

There is no doubt that screentime can be addictive.  Like any addiction, it can have negative effects on children.

Screentime addiction is a serious problem that can have long-term consequences.  If you notice any of these signs in your child, it’s important to seek professional assistance immediately!

These effects can include:

    • Problems concentrating and paying attention
    • Increased impulsivity and hyperactivity
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Anger and aggression
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Social withdrawal
    • Poor academic performance
    • Obesity
    • Increased risk of accidents
    • Lower self-esteem
    • Isolation from family and friends
    • Increased risk of developing addictions to other substances


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    What Can You Do To Manage Screen Time?

    As a parent, it can be difficult to know how to best manage your child’s screen time.  With so many devices and apps available, it’s hard to keep track of what’s appropriate for your child’s age and development.

    Here are some tips to help you navigate this complex issue:

    Set Limits On Screen Time

    Limit your child’s screen time to avoid negative consequences.  The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry recommends different times for children to use screens depending on their age.  It is important to not set limits in-app.  This may lead to unhealthy habits like isolating themselves from family members or friends who don’t have smartphones!

    Choose Quality Over Quantity

    It’s not just about how much time your child spends on screens, but also what they’re doing with that time. Make sure they’re using quality apps and websites that will help them learn and grow.

    Model Healthy Behavior

    As a parent, you’re the best role model for your child.  If you want them to limit their screen time, be sure to do the same yourself.  Show them that there are other things in life that are just as important, if not more so.

    Keep Screens Out Of  The Bedroom

    Bedtime should be for sleeping, not for staring at screens.  Keep screens out of the bedroom so that your child can get a good night’s sleep and be well-rested for the next day.

    Be Aware Of The Content Your Child Is Exposed To

    Keep track of what your child watches and listens to.  With so many media outlets available, it is important that you monitor their screen time.  Keep an eye on the content they are exposed to.   There are many things that could potentially harm their development if not monitored properly!

    Use Screen Time As An Opportunity To Connect

    Rather than using screen time as a way to escape from your child, use it as an opportunity to connect with them.  Play games together, watch educational shows, make Music Videos together, or just chat about their day.

    If There Is Excessive Screen Time, Seek Professional Help  

    If you’re concerned that your child may be addicted to screens, or if their screen time is impacting their health or development, seek professional help.  A qualified mental health professional can assess your child and provide guidance on how to best address the issue.

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    Key Take Away

    Screens are everywhere today.  The internet, video games and smartphones have become an integral part of children’s lives and all add to screen time.

    Too much time spent browsing the virtual world can lead to problems later in life.  Not only because it may cause depression or other psychological disorders.  In fact, excess screen time can lead to disassociation to reality.

    Screens are here to stay and it’s never too early to develop a plan for your family. This technology is beneficial if we use positive and healthy screen time!