Many parents are struggling to set realistic limits on the use of media at home. Back in the day, it was about watching TV, playing video games, talking on the phone or listening to the radio.
Unlimited usage of technology in those days interfered with participating in family meals, doing homework or chores, playtime, socializing with friends and getting to bed on time. Now there are children with their own smartphones, giving access to movies and streaming other forms of entertainment 24 hours a day. The impact on family life and a child’s social/emotional development continues to be a concern. All children, and especially those with ADHD and LD, will have difficulty setting limits on usage of devices that are extremely engaging!
A good place for guidance is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website, www.healthychildren.org. You will find a large section devoted to media usage at various ages. The overarching guideline, however, is to limit media usage for entertainment to two hours or less per day for children aged 14 and under. That would include tablet time while in the car or eating out. How can a parent enforce that guideline without huge tantrums or arguments? Start small!
This is just a start; remember to take small steps in a positive direction!
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