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Screen time, how much is too much?

There is a lot of information on the web and in the news about screen time, social media, and its impact on health and well-being. As with most things, the key is to find the right balance. The American Pediatrics Association and the World Health Organization have helpful guidelines for limiting screen time for children.

You may also want to consider what your children are doing on their screen, rather than relying on the number of hours alone. Doing homework, and playing a video game with friends are different than scrolling through social media. "What You Need to Know About Kids' ScreenTime Right Now" by Anya Kamenetz (2018) provides this advice "Enjoy screens, Not too much. Mostly together." 

Common Sense Media's (CSM) article "How Much Screen Time is OK for My Kids" (2022), categorizes screen time into four main categories, passive, interactive, communication, and content creation, and stresses the importance of balancing screen time with other activities and experiences away from screens. CSM encourages families to talk about technology use and to create a family tech plan (available in English and Spanish).

Monitoring Screen time at Home

For additional resources, please visit ISD Technology Safety

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