Another topic we’re asked about a lot here at The Fathering Project by parents, is management of screen time.
Excessive screen time, which includes mobile phone, TV, iPad, laptop, and gaming devices, is starting become an increasing problem, leading to addiction in some children. According to Brad Marshall, also known as the ‘Unplugged Psychologist’, his clinic is receiving more and more referrals, with a waitlist of 4-6 months. Not only is there an issue with increasing numbers of children experiencing addiction to screens, in the last 5 years, the age has been getting younger too, with Brad’s clinic seeing some children as young as 6-8 years old.
Children under 2 – ideally no screen time
Children aged 2 – 5 years – limit to 1 hour per day
Children aged 5 years and above – recommended no more than 2 hours per day.
The above guidelines are in a ‘perfect world’, but we know on any given day, a perfect world isn’t always possible, so instead, it’s suggested you set realistic standards, ones that suit your family. Brad suggests to monitor screen time more closely when you start to see it’s negatively impacting your child’s everyday life, as this can also start to impact their development.
It is important to note that screen time in excess of 7 hours can have a negative impact on child brain development. Brad noted the findings in an ongoing longitudinal study revealed that in some cases, 9 and 10 year old kids who spent more than seven hours a day using devices like smartphones, tablets, and video games, showed signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the outer layer of the brain that processes sensory information.
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