Updated: Sep 18, 2020
As families stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there has been an increase in the amount of time spent in front of a screen. Screen time is a term that is used for any activity done in front of a screen such as watching TV, working on a computer, or playing video games.
A study done by the American Speech Language Hearing Association linked screen time to the delay of speech development. The results of this study suggested that for every 30 minutes increased in screen time, speech delay is increased by 49%. Too much screen time is also linked to obesity, irregular sleep schedules, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral problems, loss of social skills, violence, and less time for play. To reduce the risk of these health-related problems, it is important to limit screen time. Here are some tips:
Make TVs and computers stay in shared spaces of the house (e.g. living room, kitchen)
Add “technology-free” time to your daily schedule