ChildcareAlive! Screen Time
Best Practice: No screen time for children under 2 years. For ages 2 years and up, strive to limit to 30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure that children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics)
In today’s society of ever-increasing technology, limiting the amount of time a child spends in front of a screen is no easy task. However, limiting a child’s exposure to television, computers, and other devices is key to healthy development and staying active. Excessive screen time may take away from exploring, playing, and interacting with others – all of which are important for a child’s development. Check out these resources to help you keep screen time to a minimum at your setting.
Helpful Website and Resources
Informational handout from "Nutrition and Wellness Tips: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program."
Fact sheet for parents that explains the dangers of excessive screen time and provides tips for reducing screen time.
Examples of activities that can replace TV and other forms of screen time from www.letsgo.org.
How TV affects children, best practice recommendations, and tips for talking with parents about screen time.
Example wording that can be used in a screen time policy.