Getting the balance right
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.