| Posted by My Super Nanny
Screen-time; the double-edged sword of parenting.
Although a few minutes of much-needed peace and quiet is guaranteed once the iPad comes out, taking it away from your child is like wrestling a bone from a dog.
That’s to say, a tantrum will indefinitely ensue.
Having been guilty of handing an iPhone to a 5 year old in the middle of a church service, I am by no means a saint. But when given the choice of judging glares or a tantrum that would overpower the twenty-strong choir, I made my bed and laid in it
Every parent has their own way of handling screen time, but if you’re looking for some expert advice on the matter, we’ve got the goods.
The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) offers an excellent guideline as to how much screen time children at certain ages should be allowed.
18 months and younger
Avoid screen time altogether, excluding video chatting.
Exposure to screens in young infants can cause health problems, according to Dr Yolanda Reid Chassiakos. Dr Chassiakos is the lead author of the “Children and Adolescents and Digital Media Technical Report”, and has found that “The noise and activity of a screen are distracting for a child.” The sounds and lights can overstimulate a baby and as a result, cause sleep problems and distress.
18 months to 2 years old
Can watch programs and/or use apps, under adult supervision to help them understand what they’re seeing.
2 to 5 years old
Allowed up to one hour of screen time a day, with adult supervision.
Dr Chassiakos recommends television shows such as Sesame Street, which have few advertisements, as adverts are hard for children to understand, and can be overstimulating.
6 years and older
Allowed consistent limits on their use of electronic media, and types of media they use.
As a guide, Dr Chassiakos suggests that parents ensure their child’s average day includes school, homework time, at least one hour of physical activity, social contact and sleep, and whatever time remains can be screen time.