{Parenting} Screen Time for Kids: How Much is Too Much?

Screen Time for Kids |  Care.com | Kimberly Kalil Creative I have a new article up over at Care.com, all about something modern parents are constantly dealing with: screen time.


There are a lot of screens in your kid's life. Here are some tips for teaching him how to have a healthy relationship with his devices.

These days, screen time for kids involves more than just TV -- it includes, computers, tablets and phones, too. With so many options available to your little ones, it can be hard to track just how much time they're playing games, messaging friends, browsing their favorite sites or watching videos on devices.

One way to keep track of screen time is to add screen time to your list of daily events, just like you do with meals, homework and bath time, suggests David Bickham, an instructor of pediatrics in the division of adolescent medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and a research scientist at the Center on Media and Child Health. "Schedule screen time, just like you do with everything else," Bikham explains. "It's not an option any other time of the day." This saves you from having to keep track of how much time your kids are spending with screens, and it also establishes clear rules about when your children can expect to have access to gadgets.

Here's what you need to know about screen time for kids and how to set limits for your family.