Reduce Screen Time
Decrease Amount of Time Spent on Electronic Devices
Did you know, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, on average children spend seven hours per day using electronic devices? Screen time is any time spent using electronic devices, including watching TV, videos and movies and playing on computers, tablets, video games and handheld devices. For growing bodies and developing minds, it is important to limit screen time use for children.
Importance of Reducing Screen Time
Best Practices for Infants and Toddlers
- Infants should have no screen time.
- Toddlers should be limited to no more than four times a year, or never.
Best Practices for Preschoolers
- No more than 30 minutes per week, or never, while in child care and early education settings
- Work with families to ensure no more than two hours per day at home by sharing resources and reminders in newsletters.
- Provide screen time reduction education to parents at least twice a year
Children often watch more TV than is recommended at home so it’s best to minimize screen time in child care and early education programs. Whenever young children in your care do get screen time, make sure it’s for educational or physical activity purposes only. Many educational videos weave developmentally appropriate academic messages or physical activity in seamlessly. Be sure to participate in any activities with the children.
Louisiana Child Care Center Requirements
Louisiana centers are required to establish and implement an electronic devices policy (Title 28, Chapter 15, Section 1509). In this regulation, all activities involving electronic devices include, but are not limited to, television, movies, games, videos, computers and handheld electronic devices. The policy must prohibit screen time for children under the age of two and limit screen time to no more than two hours per day for children ages two and above.
- Louisiana Screen Time Regulations Toolkit For Early Childhood Education Centers: The screen time toolkit was made to assist child care providers in Louisiana to reduce and/or eliminate screen time in child care centers.
- Screen Time Reduction Toolkit for Child Care Providers: This screen-time toolkit was created for child care providers in the state of Michigan to assist in reducing the amount of screen time in child care centers.
- Healthy Habits for TV: This website contains recommendations and guidelines for screen time use from the American Academy of Pediatrics.