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SCREEN TIME: Why it's Important

Both American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Paediatric Society recommend less that 2 hours of screen for young children. As kids grow up, they will be exposed to more screen time. Quality of screen time is also something to consider and balance as a parent.

Learn more via our blog post: Kids + Appropriate Screen Time = Better Sleep

FIRST SMARTPHONE = 10 YEARS OLD AVERAGE AGE

Kids are getting their first smartphones, on average, at the age of 10. We wouldn’t allow our kids to start riding their first bike without guidance and training wheels. Why should we treat a smartphone, which is a powerful mobile computer, differently?

Source: http://influence-central.com/kids-tech-the-evolution-of-todays-digital-natives/

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It’s important to compare Android vs iOS devices when you are planning to use them with third-party parental controls.

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EVERY DAY SCREEN TIME TIPS

BEDROOMS & DEVICES DON'T MIX

Make a house rule of no smartphones in bedrooms. Need it as an alarm? Get a real alarm clock 😉

CENTRAL SPOT FOR CHARGING

Set an area in your household where all family devices go to for charging during the day or overnight. This keeps distractions down, especially if left in the bedroom.

DEVICE FREE DINNERS

This is an important part of our family time – we are all so busy running kids around from activity to activity. When you do make time for dinner, make it a device free dinner time.

CONVERSATIONS WITHOUT PHONES

When having conversations in your homes, put the smartphone down and focus on each other. Human interactions are changing thanks to how we communicate via our mobile devices but nothing replaces a face to face chat.

SET A GREAT EXAMPLE

As parents, we are the ones who can set the example of what good looks like in our children. So show your kids that your own screen time can also be limited (have fun with this, set a self timer).

SHARED SPACES

Make your home computer and TVs stay in shared areas of your house where there many eyes that could be around. Apply this to any mobile technology your child’s using. Limit when the device can be in their bedroom or in a room without supervision.

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