How much screen time is too much screen time? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it may be less than you think. The AAP recommends:
- For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
- For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
- For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
Let’s face it though. Our children use screens not only to play, but also to learn. Educational television programs and applications shouldn’t be abandoned because of the dangers of blue light associated with too much screen time.
Screen time is a necessary part of our children’s lives, but doesn’t necessarily have to harm their eyes or cause them the painful symptoms of digital eye strain. PupilBox blue light filtering glasses are an excellent solution, and we are proud to offer them in pediatric sizes and styles.