How to help your child set healthy screen time limitsHHow to help your child set healthy screen time limitsHow to help your child set healthy screen time limitsEnglishPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-05-05T04:00:00Z9.2000000000000061.60000000000001228.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover how you can help your child set healthy screen time limits and stay safe online.</p><p>Although <a href="/Article?contentid=643&language=English">screen time </a> can be very enjoyable for you and your child, too much screen time can lead to negative behaviours and emotions. For this reason, it is important to monitor your child’s screen time and encourage your child to balance it with screen-free activities.</p><p>Ninety percent of children today are exposed to screen-based activities before the age of 2. These early years are extremely important for a child’s proper growth and development, so it is important to minimize excessive screen time.</p><p>Habits formed during the early years may carry into adolescence and adulthood. Children rely on you to teach them healthy screen time habits when they are young so that they can maintain those habits as they become more independent. They also rely on you to create an environment where they can go online safely.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>It is important to teach your child healthy habits about screens so that they can maintain them as they become more independent. Healthy habits set in early life are more likely to continue into older childhood and adolescence. </li><li>You can help your child set healthy screen time limits by gradually changing their routine, talking to them about technology, helping them change their screen time habits and creating a supportive environment.</li><li>Make sure your child understands the importance of balancing technology (i.e. screens) with other activities, such as playing, reading, socializing with others or using their imagination.</li><li>Keep your child safe online by setting up a child account with parental controls and warning them not to share personal information with online friends.</li></ul>
Temps d'écran: comment aider votre enfant à fixer des limites sainesTTemps d'écran: comment aider votre enfant à fixer des limites sainesHow to help your child set healthy screen time limitsFrenchPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2016-07-18T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez comment vous pouvez aider votre enfant à fixer des limites saines quant au tempsd'écran et aussi comment le protéger lorsqu’il est en ligne.</p><p>Bien qu’il soit divertissant pour vous et votre enfant d’utiliser des écrans, trop de <a href="/Article?contentid=643&language=French">temps d'écran</a> peut causer des comportements et des émotions négatives. C’est pourquoi, il importe d’encadrer le temps que votre enfant passe devant un écran. Il faut inciter votre enfant à trouver un équilibre entre les activités sur et sans écran.</p> <p>Aujourd’hui, 90 pour cent des enfants ont des activités sur écran avant l’âge de deux ans. Les premières années sont extrêmement importantes pour la croissance et le développement. C’est pourquoi, il faut ramener à sa juste mesure le temps passé par l’enfant devant un écran.</p><p>Les habitudes prises durant la petite enfance peuvent persister jusqu’à l’âge adulte. Les enfants comptent sur vous pour leur enseigner de saines habitudes de temps d'écran dès le plus jeune âge. Ils pourront maintenir ces habitudes en devenant plus autonomes. Ils comptent aussi sur vous pour créer un milieu où ils peuvent aller en ligne sans danger.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Il est important de montrer à votre enfant de saines habitudes de temps d’écran et de fixer des limites à cet égard. Il pourra les maintenir quand il deviendra plus autonome.</li> <li>Vous pouvez aider votre enfant à fixer des limites saines quant au temps d’écran en modifiant peu à peu sa routine; en lui parlant de la technologie; en l’aidant à modifier ses habitudes de temps d’écran et en créant un milieu propice. </li> <li>Assurez-vous que votre enfant comprend l’importance d’équilibrer la technologie avec d’autres activités. Par exemple, jouer, socialiser avec d’autres ou se servir de son imagination.</li> <li>Protégez votre enfant en ligne en lui ouvrant un compte pour enfant avec des paramètres de contrôle parental. Avertissez-le de ne pas partager des renseignements personnels avec des cyberamis.</li> </ul>

 

 

Health & wellnessHealth & wellnessHealth & wellnessHEnglishNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2018-01-19T05:00:00Z000Landing PageLearning Hub<p>Learn about the importance of routine health care. Also find information about the importance of sleep and physical activity and how much your child should be getting.</p><p>Learn about the importance of routine health care including hand washing, eye and ear care, and dental care (includes some practical posters that can be downloaded and printed out). Also find information about physical activity and its benefits, and how much your child should be getting. Finally, learn about the importance of sleep and how you can help your child get a good night's sleep.<br></p><br> <div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLjJtOP3StIuXsGurS4K0CtD3hJ6eNOL8K" frameborder="0"></iframe><br></div><p>Above is our child health and well-being video playlist. 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How to help your child set healthy screen time limits644.000000000000How to help your child set healthy screen time limitsHow to help your child set healthy screen time limitsHEnglishPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-05-05T04:00:00Z9.2000000000000061.60000000000001228.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover how you can help your child set healthy screen time limits and stay safe online.</p><p>Although <a href="/Article?contentid=643&language=English">screen time </a> can be very enjoyable for you and your child, too much screen time can lead to negative behaviours and emotions. For this reason, it is important to monitor your child’s screen time and encourage your child to balance it with screen-free activities.</p><p>Ninety percent of children today are exposed to screen-based activities before the age of 2. These early years are extremely important for a child’s proper growth and development, so it is important to minimize excessive screen time.</p><p>Habits formed during the early years may carry into adolescence and adulthood. Children rely on you to teach them healthy screen time habits when they are young so that they can maintain those habits as they become more independent. They also rely on you to create an environment where they can go online safely.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>It is important to teach your child healthy habits about screens so that they can maintain them as they become more independent. Healthy habits set in early life are more likely to continue into older childhood and adolescence. </li><li>You can help your child set healthy screen time limits by gradually changing their routine, talking to them about technology, helping them change their screen time habits and creating a supportive environment.</li><li>Make sure your child understands the importance of balancing technology (i.e. screens) with other activities, such as playing, reading, socializing with others or using their imagination.</li><li>Keep your child safe online by setting up a child account with parental controls and warning them not to share personal information with online friends.</li></ul><h2>How to manage your child’s screen time</h2><p>You can help your child manage their screen time by:</p><ul><li>setting daily screen time limits</li><li>introducing and enforcing gradual changes to set screen time limits</li><li>talking to your child about technology</li><li>helping your child change their screen time habits</li><li>creating an environment that supports reduced screen time.</li></ul><h3>Introduce screen time rules</h3><p>If screen time makes up a large part of your child’s routine, you can start by setting rules that focus on gradual changes.</p><ul><li>Start decreasing screen time in small steps until it reaches the <a href="/Article?contentid=643&language=English">recommended limits for your child’s age group</a>. If your child has a lot more than 2 hours of screen time a day, for example, try decreasing it by 15 minutes a day for a week at a time and progress slowly towards meeting the recommended times for their age.</li><li>Set 'screen-free' zones in the house – these should include mealtimes and bedrooms.</li><li>Have a 'no television or screens' rule before bedtime. Your child will get a better night’s sleep if they stop using screens at least 60-90 minutes before bedtime. Encourage more relaxing activities like reading, doing a puzzle or taking a bath.</li><li>Children tend to have most recreational screen time right after school and before bedtime. Encourage active play during these times instead.</li><li>Set limits on time spent playing "active" video games. They are advertised as a good way to be active, but children and teens quickly learn how to play using minimal gestures (for example using wrist movement only). This greatly reduces the amount they need to move.</li><li>Encourage your child to move while enjoying some screen time (for instance stretching during a commercial break).</li><li>Instead of playing video games as a family, try a new activity like going for a walk, doing a puzzle or playing games.</li><li>Be aware of your own screen time and model healthy habits for your child.</li></ul><h3>Talk to your child about technology</h3><p>Talking to your child about the negatives and positives of technology will help them understand the importance of having interests that go beyond the screen.</p><p> <strong><em>The negatives of screen time</em></strong></p><ul><li>Sometimes your child may come across something on a screen that is not age-appropriate. Encourage your child to turn off the screen and alert you if something has scared them or does not feel right.</li><li>Hanging out with friends and family face-to-face helps us experience positive emotions and feel closer to others. Social media and technology can make children and teens feel lonelier because it eliminates the need to call a friend or meet up with someone in person. It also increases the risk of being contacted by an online predator. A predator will usually pretend to be someone your child’s age and try to make friends with your child.</li><li>Staring passively at a screen usually does not require children to use their imagination. A healthy imagination is important for children and teens to generate ideas, solve problems and entertain themselves without technology.</li><li>Without suitable limits, screen time can become addictive, leaving little energy, interest or motivation for other activities.</li><li>While using screens, children are also more likely to eat unhealthier foods (high in sugar, fat, and salt).</li></ul><p> <strong>Can screens affect my child's sleep?</strong></p><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XCoFGxL6qyA" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br></div><p>For more videos from SickKids experts in collaboration with Youngster, visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKMd2cYwegtZX19uHdNLQA">Youngster on YouTube</a>.</p><p> <strong><em>The positives of screen time</em></strong></p><ul><li>Technology can support your child’s learning by giving them access to information and educational tools.</li><li>Your child can also learn new skills online – including languages, dance routines, or crafts.</li><li>A certain amount of screen time can help children and teens stay connected with important people in their life who may be far away.</li><li>In moderation, screen time can also help create fun family memories, such as enjoying a movie or video game together.</li><li>Technology can also be a method of communication for some children, particularly those with neurodevelopmental conditions.</li></ul><p>When teaching your child about screen time, make sure your child understands that it is a privilege. They should also understand the importance of balancing technology with other activities. Technology can open many doors for your child, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Ask your child how they feel about the screens in their life.</p><h3>Create a supportive environment</h3><p>Even with the best information and rules, it can be hard for a child to change their screen time habits if their physical environment (i.e. home environment) does not support it. The following tips can help you change your child’s environment to reduce their daily screen time.</p><ul><li>Keep TVs and computers out of bedrooms.</li><li>Choose an hour or two during the day that is "screen free". You can use this time to cook dinner with your child, play a board game or spend time outside.</li><li>If you can, create a screen-free room in your home where your child can go to relax and play.</li><li>Turn off the television while you are eating meals.</li><li>Make sure your child has access to physical activities in a safe environment, whether at school, at your local recreation centre or with friends.</li><li>Make it easy for your child to choose healthy snacks such as vegetables, fruit or a yogurt if they like to eat while enjoying screen time. </li><li>Provide positive prompts and praise when your child engages in non-screen activities. This will help establish a positive feedback loop.</li></ul><h2>How to keep your child safe online</h2><p>Screens will always be part of your child’s life, whether they are doing homework or research, relaxing with a game or chatting to their friends. That said, there are some simple steps you can take to keep them as safe as possible online.</p><ul><li>If your child uses a shared computer or other device, set them up with their own child account and use parental controls to filter the content they can see online.</li><li>Remind your child that someone they meet online may not be who they say they are.</li><li>Teach your child not to answer an online friend’s questions about themselves (e.g. full name, birthday, where they live and go to school) or their family, no matter how friendly they seem.</li></ul><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/how_to_help_your_child_healthy_screen_time.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/how_to_help_your_child_healthy_screen_time.jpgHow to help your child set healthy screen time limitsFalse