Family Screen Time Blog

As part of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s recommendations for healthy screen time behaviours in young children (described here), parents are encouraged to think about limiting their child’s use of screens before bedtime, as well as access to screens in the bedroom. Why are these limits a good idea?

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In April 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) released guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age, which provide recommendations for daily time spent in each of these areas.

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In the past few months, popular media outlets such as WebMD and CNN have released articles warning parents that “excessive” use of screens (over 1 hour per day) can lead to slower brain development in preschool-aged children. But, are screens really harming children’s brains?

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The Canadian Paediatric Society has provided thoughtful recommendedations for screen time in families with young children. You can read the full article, which includes a discussion of the research that informed these recommendations.

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