In moderation, screen use can be fun and educational for little kids. But babies, toddlers and preschoolers need a wide range of activities to help them learn and grow. Here are some tips to help you keep your little one technology free.
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests too much screen time is becoming a hazard to our children’s eyes, general health and to their social skills. Too much screen time can also make it harder for your little one to get to sleep and to concentrate.
Tips for healthy technology use for your little one:
- Try to limit screen use as much as possible for your little one – make sure they get lots of physical activity, time to play with toys, puzzles and games, and interactions with real people.
- Find activities your child enjoys doing that are not screen based, and encourage them to do them regularly—go to the local park together, play music and dance, or do some cooking together. When they’re having fun, screen time will suddenly become a lot less attractive.
- Keep technology out of your little one’s bedroom and make sure phones, TVs and computers are kept where you can keep an eye on their use.
- Turn off all screens about an hour before bedtime. Research shows that using screens too close to bedtime makes it harder to fall asleep.
- If your little one wears glasses, check with their optometrist about suitability for screen use.
- Don’t let your little one put the screen too close to their eyes, especially for long periods of time.
- Set a good example. Your little one will want to do what you do, so try to take time off from your own screen use!