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Screen Time: How Much is Too Much

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We know that kids spend a lot of time online and often from multiple devices. From homework and listening to music to instant messaging friends and checking out the latest on social media, the reality is many kids are using a screen every day. Screen time can also be an easy option to keep younger kids occupied in our busy lives. So how much screen time is too much for your child?

Australia’s National Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines give the following recommendation for screen time for children:

Under 2 years: Zero. Babies and toddlers should not watch any television or other electronic media (DVDs, computers and electronic games).

2 to 5 years: Less than one hour per day. Limit their time sitting and watching TV or using other electronic media to less than one hour per day.

5 to 17 years: Less than two hours per day. Limit their use of electronic media for entertainment (i.e. TV, computers and seated electronic games) to no more than two hours per day.

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