How Much Is Too Much Screen Time? Is TV the devil?
I have to admit something. I love TV. I grew up on TV and it was a comfort to me. It was a sense of calm, consistency and love in my home. I know, I know, I should have been reading. I was watching Carol Burnett. I digress....
These days it's not just TV bombarding kids it's Ipads, I touches, Wii, Nintendo, Movies, everything!!!!!! It's a lot. I have one of those kids that LOVES video games. Part of the reason is with all his surgeries we needed something for him to do during his down time. A life with no screen time is not right for our family due to circumstances beyond our control. Nevertheless I worry about the amount of screen time Landon has.
Right now Landon watches 2 hours of TV a day, and only gets to play Wii a few hours on the weekend.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests
kids ages two years old and younger be completely screen-free. All
other children should get no more than two hours a day. That might prove
difficult when households, on average, have eleven consumer electronic
devices, according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. That means TV sets, tablets, gaming devices, laptops, MP3 players and more.
Although not all parents seem to mind the constant stimuli. iYogi Insights
found that parents are fine with their young kids spending two hours a
day on iPads and about a quarter believe it's OK to give their child
unlimited access. Almost all parents (92%) approve of their kids using
the iPad as a homework tool, but 57% also admitted to using it to keep
kids "out of their hair.""
Okay now that I really think about it Landon probably gets 4 hours of screen time a day including all of these things!!! CRAP. He wakes up and we put the TV on. After homework and bath we have TV on and sometimes he does Ipad. Coco on the other hand just wants to play in her room! Did I mention they also watch movies in the car on the way to school? HOLY HELL I HAVE TO REIGN THIS IN!!!!
So it seems that Mrs. TV has given birth to Mr. TV Jr. I'm going to start cutting back. How much screen time do you allow?
Stay Tuned. I mean...I'll post more on this later. Darn TV!
If your kids are dying to have a "sleep over" but are too young, try having a pretend one. Invite the friend over and leave the kids with a baby sitter while you and the parents go out for dinner. Let the kids have their sleeping bags and PJ's and go to sleep. When they wake up in the morning asking where their friend is, say they just left!