Screen time is time spent in front of any type of screen for entertainment or recreation purposes.
What is screen time?
Screen time includes:
- watching television, DVDs or movies
- playing electronic games on computers, tablets, video game consoles (such as PlayStation or Xbox), tablets (e.g. iPad) or handheld electronic devices (e.g. Nintendo 3DS or smartphones), and
- using the internet.
There’s no denying that screens are a big part of life. Screens have some real positives; they can be fun and they’re also useful when it comes to teaching our kids new things.
Screens can have a negative side. It’s important to find the right balance when it comes to how much time your kids spend using a screen. The more time kids spend on a screen, the less time they are being active or mixing with other kids.