As a parent, it can be challenging to determine how much screen time is appropriate for your child. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow to ensure your child is getting the right amount of screen time.
Screen time limits for your eyes
First, it is important to set limits on screen time. How much screen time is appropriate will depend on your child’s age, but it is generally recommended that children aged 2-5 have no more than one hour of screen time per day. For children aged 6 and up, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day.
The effects of blue light on your eyes
The screens emit blue light that is too bright and unnatural for our eyes to process. When you are using a computer screen, the blue light can disrupt your natural sleep cycle. Your brain will then produce less melatonin, which is the hormone that helps you sleep at night.
Screen time in moderation
Screen time should be used in moderation and should not be the only activity your child is engaged in. Screens offer many benefits, but they can also have negative consequences such as reduced socialization, poor self-esteem, weight management problems, mood problems, sleep problems, and increased risk of chronic health problems. It’s important to monitor the content of what your child is viewing.