Digital media guidance: A focus on content and context
- Content matters: The quality of content is more important than the platform or time spent with media. Prioritize how your child spends his/her time rather than just setting a timer.
- Parenting has not changed: The same parenting rules apply to your children’s real and virtual environments. Play with them. Set limits; kids need and expect them. Teach kindness. Be involved. Know their friends and where they are going with them.
- Co-engagement counts: Family participation with media facilitates social interactions and learning. Play a video game with your kids. Your perspective influences how your children understand their media experience. For infants and toddlers, co-viewing is essential.
The key messagesGenerally, screen time and sedentary behaviour guidelines for children recommend that:
- Screen time should be discouraged for children under 2 years.
- For children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to less than 1 hour per day.
- Young children should not be sedentary, restrained, or kept inactive, for more than 1 hour at a time, with the exception of sleeping.
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