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Screen Time

Screens are a part of modern life. Healthy screen habits that begin in childhood will help your child get a good balance of different activities.

Children going into reception should have no more than around an hour watching a screen each day. This should ideally be with a grown up. This way they can learn the most from what they watch by talking with you about it.

It can feel like children are only interested in TV and tablets. They may make a fuss when you try and change their habits. Try not to feel stressed by this. Take some deep breaths and stick to your plan for healthy screen time use. Children love attention and time with the grown ups they love.

• Give an early warning that you will turn off the screen in ten minutes – and then do it.
• Get out and about; try time in the garden or to the park.
• Play with their toys together. Let your child take the lead. Encourage their imagination with pretend play. Try ‘making’ activities together – you could do building bricks or ‘sticking and gluing’.

This will keep the bond between you strong and gives you the chance to talk about their thoughts and feelings too. Your child will soon look forward to this special time with you.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. 

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