Researches have found that kids whose parents set screen time limits (TV, video, computer, etc), those children are more physically active.
The research article came out of July’s Journal of Pediatrics. I’ll break it down into the parts I think are interesting!
- Recommended screen time limits are less than 2 hours per day
- Of kids 9-14, 27% exceeded recommended limits.
- Kids whose parents had limits within the recommended guidelines were more likely to be physically active.
- The more active kids were one week, the less screen time they used the following week.
- 76.9% of homes with cable had more children going over the limits.
- While almost 50% of parents said in a survey they set screen time limits, only 37% of those kids said there were limits in their home. LOL!
We are not a family that eliminates screen time altogether. My husband and I enjoy some television shows, and we both obviously use computers. I think it’s important for kids to have rules and limits, so they will eventually self-regulate their own screen time and not become zombies as teenagers, or worse- video game addicted husbands!
We definitely have screen time rules at our house. They get 30 minutes of video games per day. Also, they watch TV in the morning and then the TV get’s turned off at 9AM (sometimes it’s 9:30AM if I’m distracted). I bought a small timer they set by the computer or the Wii that they set for 30 minutes when they are playing video games. Once it beeps, they know their time is up. Then it’s pleading of “Can I win or Die” scenario from there.
What are your screen time rules?
Update on our Japanese friends. After an 18 mile run (my friend and I are getting ready for a marathon), they decided they wanted to hike to Timp Caves (3 miles round trip)!! I am so sore today!