Screens are a fixture in children's lives from a young age. You may be worried about giving your child access to television, tablets or phones.
Too much time in front of screens can affect children and young people in a number of ways:
Babies and very young children do not need much screen time. It can limit their speech development and social skills.
Reducing Screen Time
Spend time talking to or playing with your child away from screens. Plan fun activities - visit outdoor activities and indoor activities for some ideas!
Limit screen time to one hour a day for older children and teenagers. Babies and very young children do not need screen time.
Talk to your children about what they are doing on their phones and computers. Make sure you are confident about keeping your child safe online.
Spend time online together to help your child get the most out of educational content.
Remember to turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime. This helps get into a good sleep routine.
When is the right time for a child to have a mobile phone?
There is no law in place to suggest what age a child is allowed to have a mobile phone. It is your choice as a parent or carer. Be aware that the risks increase when children are able to access the internet on their smartphone.
Some very young children have a mobile phone, but most parents wait until their child is about to start secondary school.
You might want to consider:
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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