Posted on 06/03/2019 at 01:01 PM by YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Summertime means more free time for youth. Without the school day to occupy them, many children and teens find themselves entertained by TV, video games, websites and digital devices. While these devices can be comforting on a rainy day or a means of decompressing, many parents, caregivers and camp staff may wonder: How is screen time affecting the health and development of the youth in our lives?
The answer is in the research:
Meeting the needs of human connection and holistic support are key to the healthy development of all youth—and there’s a real concern by many youth development specialists that screen time may be replacing those critical moments in a child’s life.
According to the Y’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards, caregivers should eliminate screen time for children under two years of age. For children over two, screen time should be limited to less than 30 minutes per day for children in half-day programs (four hours) and less than one hour per day for children in full-day programs.
Here are some helpful strategies to help limit screen time with youth: