Do you know the recommended guidelines for children’s safe use of technology?

Many parents struggle to get their children off technology and feel unsure about how much time on technology is good for their kids. Many parents have the feeling that their kids spend too much time but don’t know how many hours their kids actually spend on technology and the recommended guidelines for safe use.

Quick quiz:

  1. Do you know the actual number of hours your child spends watching screens?
  2. Do you know the recommended guidelines for safe use of technology by children?

If you answered no to one or both of those questions then here’s what you can do

Step 1 is to do a screen time audit, say over a week. When you add up the hours your child is on screens, make sure you include: television, videos, phones, tablets and computers – including how much time they spend on a tablet or computer at school. Research studies have shown that parents tend to underestimate the hours their children are on technology. Perhaps you’ll be the same when you work out how much your child actually engages with screens on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis and how much you thought it was.

Step 2 is to find out about the recommended guidelines so you can make informed decisions about how much time your child is spending on technology. The challenge is that the recommendations are not clear cut as there are differences between recommendations across different countries and the research is still emerging on technology and kids and the experts are still learning about the harms that can occur as our children engage with more and more technology.  

If you’d like to know more about where to find the various screen-time recommendations and guidelines and how to interpret the latest research findings on the harms and benefits of screen for children, then watch our video Technology 0-11yrs. The Good, the Bad and the Unknown. Dr Rosina McAlpine explains how you can be informed and make good screen-time decisions for your children using up-to-date information and easy to follow steps and tips.

The Win Win Parenting approach to parenting is all about helping you to be the best parent you can be and to connect with your children so you can teach them how to succeed in the world. You’ll be able to create more loving relationships and a more peaceful home.

That’s why Win Win Parenting is a Win for parents and a Win for kids.