Is screen time, which is the time spent in front of a digital screen such as TV, video game players, handheld digital devices and computers, a babysitter for your children or the occasional entertainment or educational tool? Answer this question honestly because if your answer is the former, babysitter, your children are at risk of becoming obese, experiencing sleep issues, and of developing depression, anxiety, and attention problems.
Video Game Screen Time
According to The Center for Parenting Education, “about 23% of kids and teens have reported that they actually feel as if they have addictions to video games. That breaks down to 31% of males and 13% of females.” What’s alarming is that these statistics only include one type of screen time, video games. Imagine how high the statistic would be if it included all digital screen times!
Now no one is saying the expectation should be zero screen time for children. Screen time is required for school assignments, can be educational, and is often the source of a memory-filled family movie night. The issue is not screen time itself. Instead, the issue is the amount of screen time allowed and whether that screen time is supervised.