How much screen time should my kid have? That’s a question I hear often and I know my type-b response probably drives people up the wall… “That’s something that you need to determine for each child. Do what you feel is best.”
How Much Screen Time?
Just like most everything with parenting, each child will have a different set of answers to this question and every other parenting question. EVERY child is different, therefore how much screen time your child should have will vary per kid.
I VERY much go by the style of parenting that we all need to do whatever is best for our kids and, I will be happy to tell you what I do, but what works for me, may not work for you – so finding out what’s best for YOU is what’s best for your family.
Our 12-year-old girl – she is allowed screen time after her homework is after school, though truth be told 75% of her homework is done online. She has an iPhone and a computer. Most of her leisure time is spent socializing on the computer – mostly Instagram, Facetime or texting with friends. We shut the screens down around 8, about an hour and a half before she goes to bed. We stick to our guns with our no screens in the bedroom rule.
How We Limit Screen Time With Our Kids
Our 10-year-old boy – no screen time until all homework is done. Then he can play for an hour on the computer. His computer usage is all games now, no social.
Our 5-year-old boy – he has after-care at school, which he gets 30 minutes of computer time during. Once he gets home around 6:00pm, he can watch TV or play on the iPad – but typically we are too busy with dinner and reading his beginner reader books to watch more than an hour.
Our 4-year-old boy – he is in child care all day. During the day, he was 20 minutes of computer time. When he gets home, he can watch TV or play on the iPad – but like our 5-year-old – our evenings are so busy he doesn’t get much screen time during the week.
On the weekends we are pretty liberal with letting the kids play on computers, iPads, watch TV. There does come a time where we know enough is enough. And to be honest, our lives are pretty busy. We are always on the go, so any screens they are using are mobile like their phones or iPads.
That’s a glimpse at how much screen time we give our kids. How about you? How much screen time do your kids get?
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Mom to 4 kids, Molly aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. Talking technology and mom life, Molly shares the realities of parents digital kids.