Children under ÿve should be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day to keep their bodies ÿt and healthy. It builds their bodies, minds and self-esteem.

Unfortunately, children are not being as active as they should. They are spending too much time using screen technology: tablets, smartphones, computers, handheld video games, and of course, TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting children’s total screen time to no more than 1 to 2 hours per day. For children younger than 2, no screen time at all.

Here are some tips to help you limit screen time:

  1. Be a role model! Limit your screen time, too.
  2. Do not allow a TV or computer in your child’s room. 
  3. Turn o˜ any screens during meal time or quality time. 
  4. If your child is already “hooked on screens,” try reducing the number of hours of screen time slowly over a period of time. 
  5. Keep track of time to limit the use of screen technology. 
  6. Help your children make a list of fun activities that do not require the use of a screen. 
  7. Have the children pick an activity from the list when their screen time is used up. 
  8. Encourage them to go outside and play, ride a bike, jump rope, walk the dog, play hopscotch, or hula-hoop, etc.
Weigel, D. 2022, Eat Smart Be Active - Screen Time for Young Children: How Much is Too Much?, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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