Healthy Children - March 2018

Keeping Screen Time in Check

  • 1-2 hours a day maximum recommended
  • Most TV commercials targeting children advertise soft drinks, candy, sugar, cereals, or fast food: this makes shopping harder!
  • On average, American children spend 900 hours a year in school and 1,023 hours a year watching TV.
  • Kids who watch less do better in school
  • Kids who watch more, read less and do less homework
  • TV does not help children develop reading or social skills
  • TV is thought to promote ADD in children.

Did you know?

  • TV viewing equals higher percent body fat
  • In 2005 the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children ages 2-7 are exposed to over 4,427 food ads per year – which is about 29 hours and 31 minutes per year
  • 43% of 4-6 year olds have a TV in their bedroom and spend more time watching TV then children without a TV in their bedroom

Make a list of activities you could do instead:

  • Put together a puzzle
  • Go for a walk or bike ride
  • Play “I Spy”
  • Do an art project
  • Play a board game
  • Talk together about your day
  • Play hid and seek
  • Read a book
  • Go to the park
  • Play with your pet
  • Play with toys

Key Messages:

  • No more than 1-2 hours of TOTAL screen time per day.
  • Set and keep limits on TV watching and other screen time activities
  • Be informed about what your children are watching
  • No TVs in bedrooms