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Screen Time and Children

  • Children (2-5 years) = non-educational screen for 1 hour per week

= non-educational screen for 3 hours per week

  • Children (6& older) = educational or non-educational only 2 hours per day

Screen time limits by groups of age:

  • Average daily hours by age group 8-10 years old: Six hours.
  • Average daily hours by age group 11-14 years old: Nine hours.
  • Average daily hours by age group 15-18 years old: Seven and 1/2 hours.



  • Choices: 2 programs
  • Time limit: 1 or 2 hours
  • Age limit: older than 2 years


  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that younger children than 2 years must not watch digital media.

Screen time limits by groups of age


  1. Educational valueBenefits
  2. School work
  3. Different researches
  4. Improvement of motor skills and coordination
  5. Internet tools
  6. Texting and calling
  1. Decrease of stress and depression
  2. Improvement in sleep habits
  3. Proper brain functioning
  4. Boost physical activity
  5. Improvement of Posture
  6. Reduction of eye strain

Results of excessive usage:

  1. Less attention towards studiesResults of excessive usage
  2. Reading fewer books
  3. Less time with family and friends
  4. No physical activity
  5. Weight problems
  6. Mood problems (anger, aggression, frustration, depression, etc.)
  7. Poor self-image and body image issues
  8. Fomo (fear/phobia of missing out)
  9. Less time to relax and have fun
  10. Sleep problems
  11. Depletion of mental energy


Guidelines for average use:

  1. Turn off screens from 30 to 60 mins before bedtime.
  2. Turn off screens during meal time, family time and outings.
  3. Screen time must be limited for non-educational purposes.
  4. Do not use screens as babysitter.
  5. Screen time limit for educational purposes should be 1 hour per day.

Reasons for neglecting:

  1. Brutality
  2. Challenges that inspire unsafe behavior
  3. Sexual violence
  4. Negative stereotypes
  5. Cyberbullies and predator
  6. Advertising aimed at any child
  7. Misguidance or incorrect information



National Institutes of Health showed that

  • Kids who spend more than two hours a day on screen time activities score lower on language and thinking tests.
  • Kids who spend more than seven hours a day on screens show a thinning of the brain’s cortex, which manages critical thinking.


Tips to reduce screen usage:

  • Set goals with your kids to be intentional about reducing screen time.Tips to reduce screen usage
  1. Be sensible
  2. Be involved in any fruitful or physical activity
  3. Put away all hand-held device
  4. Walk out


Most popular program:


It is so hyper stimulating that it actually acts as a drug. The brain gets a hit of dopamine from screen-time and it seems that the stronger the ‘drug’.


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