Screen time: how much is too much when it comes to kids?
COVID-19 and Coronavirus are top of mind for every Canadian right now. We are all feeling the stress of Coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. We are worried about our loved ones, our health, and for some our financial situations.
As parents with young children hunker down in self-quarantine across the country, it’s important to be focused on our physical health, as well as our mental and emotional health.
As parents settle into new routines at home with their children, it could be tempting to just let the kids do what they want to do while parents work, watch the news or keep their homes clean. But now more than ever it is important to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle for parents, teenagers and children. That means we need to think about screen time: video games and computers! It’s not healthy for anyone to consume too much news or Social Media, and it’s definitely not healthy to let children spend too much screen time on video games.
Keep in mind, video games are addictive and could lead to further problems if children are not monitored accordingly. According to the World Health Organization, video game addiction was officially classified as a disease in 2018. Gaming is a growing problem that is taking over the lives of people of all ages, especially teenagers and young adults. While many people understand the need to classify video game addiction as a disorder, others feel that the classification trivializes other diseases.
Here is a great article written by Cam Adair, an international speaker and leading expert on video game addiction. He’s the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, serving 75,000 members in 95 countries.
Practical advice for parents about monitoring their children’s screen time during the COVID-19 epidemic
In his article, Cam shares tips on:
- Get in the right mindset! Reframe this crisis as an opportunity for you and your family to develop a deeper connection.
- How to focus on quality over quantity. How kids spend their time on screens matters!
- Establishing a routine
- Implementing consequences
- How to be a good role model