Now that summer is in full swing, it will likely be a short time before you hear those perennial summer words, “I’m bored.” And when children are bored, they often turn to a screen for entertainment.
On our Facebook page last week, we quizzed you on media use and guidelines for children, and today we will give you the quiz answers and some suggestions for setting structure for media use in your family.
How much screen time is recommended for children ages 2-5? -- Up to 1 Hour per Day
For children 8 and older, what is the average daily amount of time spent watching TV? -- Over 2 hours
What percent of US youth, ages 8-18, meet the criteria for Internet gaming disorder? -- Up to 8.5%
What percent of teenagers describe themselves as “constantly connected” to the Internet? -- 25%
As summer rolls on and children are looking for things to do, we do not suggest that they can never watch TV or play video games; however, parents should consciously think about what media guidelines make sense for their family. For more help on how to find high-quality programming or have conversations about media usage with your children, you can consult www.commonsensemedia.org or contact the Center at 513-871-6080 ext. 402 for more personalized suggestions.
Blogger Stephanie Dunne, Ed.S., is the Center Director at Springer School and Center. Prior to coming to Springer, Stephanie practiced as a school psychologist in public and private schools for ten years. If you have questions, please contact Director of Learning Programs Carmen Mendoza at .