By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

We limit how much technology our kids use at home.
– Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, 2010

How much time do your children spend on screens each day? Screens are everywhere! I bet you have at least one TV in your house, maybe even one in your car. Do you have an iPad or tablet the children are allowed to use? Maybe a smart phone with a few kid apps on it? My dentist has a TV for the children to watch as they get their teeth cleaned and when we go out to dinner, there are often TV screens on the walls.

The more time a Preschooler spends on screen media the less they interact with peers and the less creative they are in their play. It’s been recommended that children ages 3-18 are limited to 2 hours of daily screen time, while children 2 and under should have NONE.

Children under age two may experience language and speech delays if they’re exposed to screens, while children in preschool through school aged may experience physical, behavioral, and mental health issues, including obesity, poor sleep habits, aggressive behavior, and attention disorders. (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Screen time is a privilege in my house and my boys can earn time by completing their homework or chores. Preschoolers might earn their time by putting their toys away, listening the first time they’re requested to complete a task, or for being a good friend at school.

Here are a few apps that can help you manage your child’s screen time…
Screen Time App for Apple products (fee)
Screen Time App for Android products (fee)

Remembering that Preschoolers need face-to-face interactions, hands-on experiences, and lots of physical activity will help you plan their days so they can be their best.