Many parents are concerned about how much time their children spend on the internet. Using the internet for various purposes such as studying, social media as well as entertainment, which includes online gaming.
But does the use of the internet truly equate to the total screen time your child is exposed to?
What is screen time? Screen time is any time spent watching any form of digital screen. This includes:
- Mobile devices
- Personal Computers
Not only has screen time been tied to various mental health issues in teens and adults, it directly impacts child development, mental and physical health. Both negative and positive effects of screen time is influenced by the levels and content of exposure.
In a practical sense there is no realistic way that you can completely shield your child from screens since our lives are becoming ever more digital. Research by the Liahona Academy in Utah, United States, suggests that teens spend an average of 44.5 hours each week in front of digital screens. Another study by the Pew Research Center in USA, indicated that 85% of individuals ages 8 to 29 own a smartphone.
As a parent you should not simply limit screen time from devices, but rather cultivate healthy habits which your kids will carry into adulthood.
With Qustodio you have the power at your fingertips to define such boundaries.