dr Satinder Kaur Walia
Pediatric Psychologist
Centre for Child Health, BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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Its important to set reasonable limits to your child’s screen time especially when the use of screen is hindering his or her involvement in other activities. Some of the tips to be considered are as follow:

  • Prioritize playtime - ensure 45-60 minutes of outdoor physical activities daily.
  • Family times like meal time should be absolutely screen free- even mobiles should stay out.
  • Discourage use of media entertainment(like background music) during homework.
  • Discourage use of chat groups, even if it is being used for activities like sharing of class notes or homework assignments.
  • Set and enforce daily screen time limits and curfews, such as per day limits and especially no exposure to screens 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Keep screens out of your child's bedroom.
  • No gadgets or screen should accompany in washrooms.(Should apply to adults in family too, as kids would eventually follow our footprints)
  • Eliminate background TV running in the living rooms.
  • Consider using apps that control the length of time a child can use a device.
  • Limit your own screen time

Posted On: 06/05/2019

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