Sit Less, Move More!
Sitting in front a screen for hours on end, whether playing video games, watching television, or playing on the computer can have negative consequences for children and adults.
Did You Know...
Screen time includes TV, computer, video games, tablets, cell phones, and hand-held games for entertainment purposes.
- Too much screen time has been linked to obesity, behavioral and social problems, irregular sleep patterns, low grades, delayed language development, and reduced physical activity.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NO screen time for children under 2 and no more than one hour for children 2-5 years of age.
- The use of TVs, video games, and computers in children's bedrooms can cause anxiety and sleep loss.
- The more time a child spends with screens, the harder it will be for them to "unplug" as they get older.
- Quality of content during screen time is equally as important as limiting screen time.
Promote Healthy Viewing Habits
Aim for two hours or less of recreational screen time every day. Help children develop positive screen time habits:
- Keep televisions, DVD players, video games, and computers out of your child's bedroom.
- Set limits on the amount of time spent in front of TV, tablets, cell phones, computers, and video games.
- Help your child plan screen time in advance.
- Keep books, magazines, and board games easily available.
- Use parental controls to filter the Internet.
- Reduce stress by using timers on TVs and other devices.
- Find educational websites and TV shows that also facilitate learning.(See Link here)
What You Can Do
Below are some helpful tips and tricks to promote healthy viewing habits so we can all Limit 2:
- Be a role model. Limit your sitting screen time.
- Encourage active TV time. Have children stretch or do jumping jacks during commercials.
- Put TVs in central locations to monitor what shows are being viewed and for how long.
- Set family guidelines for age- appropriate TV shows.
- Have a "TV-free" day. Read a book or take a walk together.
- Turn off phones and TV during mealtime.
- Select high quality 30 minute shows vs. 90 minute feature films.
Unplug and Play
Try some of these screen-free activities!
- Go for a walk
- Read a book
- Play on a playground
- Go fishing
- Get on wheels: bicycle, rollerblades, skateboard /li>
- Turn on music and dance
- Play a team sport
- Plant a vegetable garden
- Play Frisbee
- Sketch, paint, or draw
- Play cards or a board game
- When you watch TV sit on a fitness ball