We all have to agree that we cannot stop our kids from gaming, internet and from watching TV programs. But is all this screen time healthy for your young children?
We’re all for screens – after all, Expert Home Tips wouldn’t exist without them – but what is considered too much ‘screen time’ and how do we limit it?
What is screen time?
Screen time is the name given to the amount of time spent in front of any type of screen. Although some screens use is more intense than others, time spent looking at any screen, be it a TV, mobile or iPad, counts towards your total screen time.
Average screen time in the UK
It seems there has been no end to the technological developments over recent years, and we’re certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to screens. With laptops, smartphones and most notably for children, tablets, it’s easy to understand how screens can take over.
Figures released by Childwise reveal that:
- Children aged 5-16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen.
How many children have a mobile phone?
Six and a half hours may seem like a lot, but it’s easy to fill with so many different devices available: