Do you allocate screen free time in your house? Do you set limits for TV and computer use?
Australian guidelines recommend that kids and teens spend no more than 2 hours each day on small screen entertainment. That includes TV, computer or hand-held games.
Too much time in front of computers and TV can eat into outdoor and physical activity time.
According to data collected for the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey 2010, on a usual week day students in primary school spend approximately 3 to 3.5 hours, and those in years 6, and high school spend 4 to 6 hours in sedentary behaviours. On a usual weekend day that rises to 5.5 to 6.5 hours, and 5.5 to 9 hours respectively.
Campaign for a commercial-free childhood is behind screen free week in US this week which challenges families, schools and communities to unplug.
SPANS found that 12.9% of families with primary school children and 36.9% of families with high school children never set rules on child’s TV or electronic game use.
What are the rules in your family?