Many families increased their recreational screen time during and after the pandemic. Checking social media, playing games, watching TV, texting, talking with friends on video calling platforms and surfing the internet are all ways we are we are spending our time on screens.
Limiting the amount of recreational screen time your family has each day will open up time for your family to other things such as spending time with friends and family, trying new activities or hobbies and being more physically active.
Aim for less than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day and also aim to limit sitting for extended periods. There is a whole world of fun things to do out there that doesn’t involve a phone or computer. Plan activities that take your family outdoors like a picnic in the park with friends. Take a hike or bike ride with your family. Be a positive role model. Aim to turn off all screens during mealtimes and an at least an hour before bedtime.
Remember, children should not be allowed on screens before 2 years of age and there should be no screens in the children’s bedroom, no matter what the child’s age.
Let your electronics sleep too. It is best to keep all screens out of bedrooms. An hour before bedtime, put your phone, tablet and other screens away, and switch off the TV. The bright light from screens can interfere with the release of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel tired. High action or “scary” movies can also affect your ability to fall asleep.