Screen Time for Kids – How Much is Too Much? Here is What the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends

Screen times for kids – how much screen time should a kid have? That’s one of the most asked questions we get.  Our stance is whatever is best for your child. It takes testing and honestly, like all things in parenting – every child is different.  That’s our opinion – the American Academy of Pediatrics has their own recommendations and they were just updated.

Screen Time for Kids Recommendation

Screen Time for Kids 

Here’s a recap of what the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending for kids and screen time:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

Each of our 4 kids is in school. We cut off the internet at 6:30 pm for our younger kids (5 and 6-years old) and 8:00pm for our older kids (11 and 13-years old.) On the weekends, it’s 10:00 pm for our younger kids and midnight for our older kids.

Managing Screen Time

We manage screen time with Circle by Disney. Circle works like a charm.

screen time circle by disney

Watch for a full review soon, but do have to say – being able to pause the internet for the whole house and been a beautiful thing (for me, the kids – NOT so much!)

source: AAP

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How do YOU manage screen time with your kids?

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  • Hoa

    This is something that I have personally struggled with as well. I am a co-founder of a company called Neptune. We are a STEAM focused video app for kids 2-10. I would love to talk to you some time about what we are up to.

  • Alicia Martinez

    As far as we know, bedtime media device use linked to poor sleep quality among children.
    Understand the impact that electronics have to sleep and how we can control it is necessary.
    I’m looking forward to reading Circle with Disney reviews; it seems useful for all of the family.

    • Hoa

      Hi Alicia!!

      We hear you on quality sleep and screen time. We are trying to change that. Neptune is a video app focused on S.T.E.A.M. content. We are also giving you the control on when, how, where your child watches content. Check us out at http://www.watchneptune.com and sign up to be a beta user!

  • Jonathan Adler

    No matter how you handle the issue in your own house, there’s a strong case to be made that too much screen time can be harmful to kids.

  • Jennifer Stevenson

    Most kids like to watch TV a kid should have at least an hour of screen time to help show them Conflict and Problem solving ability every parent says it rots your brain but honestly TV isn’t bad for you it’s just that most parents will look at TV and say no

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