WELLBEING – Screen Time

WELLBEING – Screen Time

As families struggle to establish healthy boundaries and rules around screen use, some deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.

Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.

Parents need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. Parents need to also be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.

In this edition of SchoolTV, check out the interviews with leading specialists on a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home. 

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact wellbeing@redlands.qld.edu.au for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month’s edition https://redlands.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/managing-screen-time

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