Get­ting the bal­ance right

Living and Loving - - FAMILY INSPIRATION -

There’s no deny­ing kids learn from tech­nol­ogy, par­tic­u­larly ed­u­ca­tional games, so what’s a good bal­ance to strike?

“There’s no limit to the num­ber of hours a child should be play­ing, but there is a limit to how much screen time he has,” ad­vises Tam­ryn. She rec­om­mends par­ents con­sider the fol­low­ing up­dated find­ings re­leased by the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics in 2016. Be­fore 18 months: No screen time, apart from face-to-face chat­ting over an elec­tronic de­vice. 18 to 24 months: Less than 60 min­utes of screen time daily. Age-ap­pro­pri­ate apps should en­cour­age con­cept for­ma­tion, such as colours, an­i­mals, num­bers, count­ing and al­pha­bets. This should be fol­lowed by “real world” learn­ing. From two years old, limit screen time to be­tween one and two hours per day. Avoid screens as a pri­mary ac­tiv­ity and try use them only af­ter other ac­tiv­i­ties, like real-world play, ex­er­cise, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion with peers or fam­ily and daily ac­tiv­i­ties. Avoid all screens at least an hour be­fore bed.

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