Over the pandemic, many parents rethought how much screen time was acceptable for children. Kids who had previously been allowed only an hour of screen time every day were now spending most of their time in video calls for class and social activities. Many families also loosened up restrictions on how much time kids could spend in front of the television, since parents working from home couldn’t send their children to daycare.
As lockdowns end and in-person schooling resumes, families are rethinking the amount of time their children spend in front of screens. If you’re trying to change your family’s computer, phone, and television habits, consider these tips for using screens responsibly.
Make screen time educational, not addictive
Not all time spent in front of a television or a computer is the same. Consider finding educational television programs and video games for your children, so they can continue learning even durin