Screen time: Any time a child spends looking at an electronic screen is considered screen time.
As a parent we try to find ways of surviving the early years. There is little sleep, lots of caffeine, and wether your a first timer or have a couple little ones running around, the answer sometimes lies in neutralizing a situation with some Elmo. Isabella is currently 17 months old, and in the past few months we have learned about this screen time struggle. What makes this struggle even worse is that Brendan and I are in the film industry. We have had to train ourselves to not keep our amazing Vizio (seen above) on throughout the day. Not to mention that we are always on our phones. I am so blessed that I get to work from home and that neither me or my husband have traditional 9-5’s but being freelancers means you are always working. We have had several discussions about how to have phone-free time and I think this will become more of a ‘thing’ we stress as time goes by.
What Doctors Say:
As of 2016 the American Academy of Pediatrics has approved toddlers as early as 2 years old to watch 1 hour of screens a day. In studies, children that have an overage of screen time usage suffer from shortened attention spans and some emotional issues when it comes to communicating their frustrations.
For these reasons and more, parents should be aware of their screen time usage but in my opinion, not completely ban it. We live in a technological world and while we want to be vigilant in the content our children watch, we don’t want to over-protect them for the sake of a merit badge. I absolutely understand if someone chooses to have a no-screen policy in their household. In fact, I will be the first to stand up and applaud them because I know it must be super hard. You are the minority, from my experience, and that can’t be easy. But if you are reading this article, please know that if there was ever a slip up, you don’t have to beat yourself up. Let’s take everything a day a time, and be easy on ourselves. There is no such thing as perfection and a dedication to living life in moderation will teach our kids so much more about how to navigate this fast-paced world.
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Infant+ (from early months but only as a fascinator for a couple seconds at a time)
KidloLand (1 year+ – everything on the screen is toyuchable and there is a wide variety of songs and stories)
World School (18 months+ – has awesome lessons with cartoons that respond in real time, very interactive, pre-school prep)
Talking Tom (any age, because he’s awesome)