Real-life strategies for reducing children’s screen time

Many parents are concerned about the amount of time their children spend with screens. And with good reason! Research shows that screen time gets in the way of activities known to be good for young children, like playing creatively and interacting with caring grownups. And kids who spend less time with screens fall asleep faster, sleep longer, eat healthier, and get more exercise.1 

Changing children’s screen habits can be a challenge for both kids and parents. That’s why we created “7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug and Play,” strategies for getting young kids to spend less time with screens from real parents who have done it and noticed a world of difference. They come from moms in the Boston area who attended our Healthy Kids in a Digital World workshops.2 As you try these out, you may find that your kids resist, or that you have trouble adapting to the changes yourself. But we encourage you to stick with it! Not every tip will work for every family, but you’re sure to find at least one that is right for yours—or another idea that helps your family unplug and play!

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1. Healthy Kids in a Digital World: Screen-Time Facts, compiled by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/unplug-preschool-citations
2. Healthy Kids in a Digital World was made possible by a generous grant from the Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation’s Innovation Fund. Special thanks to our community partner, Family Nurturing Center.

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