We all hear about the benefits of educational games and apps, but secretly we also worry about how much screen time is appropriate for our children.
Technology can certainly make our lives easier, but it should be used in partnership with other parenting skills.
Use the following criteria to judge how much screen time your child should have:
- Connection – does the activity engage and stimulate your child?
- Critical thinking – does it encourage problem solving and critical thinking?
- Creativity – does it encourage your child to contribute and build new worlds?
- Context – can you use this activity to talk about the place of media and games in your child’s life?
We know that our children love to spend time on tablets and computers, but it is up to us as parents to provide guidelines and context for their screen time.
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