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How to Limit Screen Time for Your Kids

Children between the ages of 8-years-old to 11-years-old that used smartphones and other devices for less than two hours a day, had better performance on cognitive tests that assessed thinking, language and memory.
10:12 AM, Oct 03, 2018


Gabriel Castaneda, Michael Adam Mora

Most kids know how to use technology more than most adults nowadays. That can be thanks to the fact kids are spending much more time online than we do.

However, not only for entertainment purposes, but also for school.

How to Limit Screen Time for Your Kids

If your kid is in high school in the Lee County School District , for instance, they probably have their own chrome book, which was provided by the school. Most of his or her textbooks and study materials are online.

The Centers for Disease Control said kids between 8-years-old to 10-years-old spend more than six hours a day in front of a screen. Four of those hours are watching TV. The older the child, chances are, the more time he or she spends glued to a screen.

The government agency also recommends one hour of physical activity each day, to limit screen time to a couple of hours per day, to remove TV sets from children bedrooms, and have them join a sports team or club.

It’s important that parents create a good balance for their kid.

Big businesses such as the multinational technology company, Apple, have integrated new technology that can help with cutting back on screen time. This new update provides parents with a weekly report of how much time they or their child has spent on the device. It can help parents manage their kid’s screen time by limiting how much time their kids are spending on an app, category or the actual device.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests monitoring screen time by creating a custom, “Family Media Plan.” This plan lets parents set guidelines for their children on “free zone areas” in their home. These are areas in the home where devices are not allowed, like the bedroom or kitchen. Creating a media plan also allows parents to set curfews on devices and planning activities for off-line times.

Multimedia companies, like Xfinity, also offer mobile parental controls for your TV, websites and apps. Parents can check with their provider to see if these features are available.

Taking these steps may have a health advantage in the long run. New research from a study by the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, finds that restricting recreational screen and smartphone time for children may lead to higher mental performance.

The study also focused on children in similar ages. Kids between 8-years-old to 11-years-old who used smartphones and other devices for less than two hours a day, had better performance on cognitive tests that assessed thinking, language and memory.

Teaching methods that utilize these technology will be constantly changing over the next decade.

It seems like everyday, more and more research has been published finding these similar conclusions about the relationship children, with developing brains, have with new technologies. The biggest take away here for parents is to make sure their child gets enough physical activity, along with setting limits on how much screen time their kids have per day.