Online Safety

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Screen Time

The amount of time spent using devices such as smartphones, computers, internet, video games, tablets, and televisions is referred to as "screen time".

It is important for parents and caregivers to guide children and youth in their use of these devices and to set limits for their use.

Facts about screen time:boy looking at phone

The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends no screen time for children under 2 years of age, and setting a limit of 1-2 hours of daily screen time for children 2 years and older.

Tips to help children develop healthy screen time habits:

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Research continues to show how important it is for parents and caregivers to develop a strong relationship with their child, to play with their child, and to help him/her learn important skills such as communication and problem solving. But it is clear that computers, phones, and electronic devices are a big part of our world, and when used in excess may impact these important life skills. Children today are playing games, doing school work, talking with friends, and surfing the internet from almost anywhere. Parents as well are using these devices to help with everyday activities, whether at work or at home. It is important to remember, however, that as a parent we play a key role in modeling healthy screen time habits and in setting limits for our children. Be screen wise!