Activate ReciteMe accessibility assistance Download this page Print this page

Screen Time

Screen Time – What does it mean?

Anything to do with:

  • TV
  • Games consoles
  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Laptops or PCs.

Children across all age groups are using screens and the internet more than recommended. 47% of parents of 3-4 year olds are worried that their child is spending too much time looking at screens.

Too much time in front of screens can affect children and young people in a number of ways:

  • Missing out on opportunities to learn from real life experiences and opportunities
  • Reduced concentration due to distraction from screens 
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Increased risk of obesity. 

Babies and very young children do not need screen time. It can limit their speech development and social skills.

 

  • Things You Can Do To Help

    • Spend time talking to or playing with your child away from screens
    • Limit screen time to one hour a day for older children and teenagers. Babies and very young children do not need screen time 
    • Plan fun activities away from screens. *Click Here* for some ideas!
    • Talk to your children about what they are doing on their phones and computers
    • Make sure you are confident about keeping your child safe online. *Click Here* for more information
    • Spend time online together to help your child get the most out of educational content
    • Turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime.

     


  • Tips to reduce screen time:
    • Be a good role model and reduce your own time in front of a screen including phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and television
    • Limit your child’s time on screens. Encourage them to participate in other activities e.g. playing outside, sharing books, conversations, craft activities and sports
    • Limit screen time in the day to short periods of 30 minutes or less.

  •  

    When is the right time for a child to have a mobile phone?

    There is no law in place to suggest what age a child is allowed to have a mobile phone. It is your choice as a parent. Be aware that the risks increase when children are able to access the internet on their smartphone. Some very young children have a mobile phone, but most parents wait until their child is about to start secondary school.

    You might want to consider:

    • Does my child need a phone or do they just want one?
    • Setting up password access to the app store so that you have to approve any apps they download or content that they pay for
    • Purchasing a basic feature phone. These tend to be cheaper and are less likely to be targeted by thieves
    • Downloading a location tracking app if your child has a smartphone. This can help if you want to check where your child is
    • Setting ground rules with your child about using their phone and checking in with them regularly.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Log In / Create an account

  • Happy Saturday! https://t.co/2HHJNVBx8P is here to provide you with health related advice on anything from childhoo… https://t.co/fWeNIOsvIY NorfolkCYP / 16 February 2019
  • #NorfolkCan 🎾 🏓 https://t.co/p7BPAoZCc2 NorfolkCYP / 15 February 2019
  • Some excellent feedback for our North Norfolk Health Visiting Team! #GoTeamCCS #CCSFeedback https://t.co/MezEhs8HVO NorfolkCYP / 14 February 2019
  • Do you search on the internet when you are worried about your poorly child? You can't always be sure you can trust… https://t.co/xghT7he8ke NorfolkCYP / 14 February 2019
  • Have you seen the Just1Norfolk Health Passport app for 16-19 year olds? A great source of health related advice! Av… https://t.co/VBNw75Pwwo NorfolkCYP / 14 February 2019
  • Have you signed up for FREE online Solihull yet? The course gives you an undersanding of why children behave the wa… https://t.co/yKMwjMukxD NorfolkCYP / 13 February 2019
  • RT @SDuneclift: Attending @homestartnor AGM, great partnership working @NorfolkCYP https://t.co/iw0puywRbG NorfolkCYP / 13 February 2019
  • RT @PHE_uk: #Norovirus can survive for days or even weeks on hard surfaces. Cleanliness is vital to stop it spreading. Clean and disinfect… NorfolkCYP / 12 February 2019
  • The JustOneNumber team are here Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm to provide you with advice and help you with appointmen… https://t.co/4qwVydDs2c NorfolkCYP / 12 February 2019
  • RT @VegPowerUK: Sweetcorn Week is here. Watch out for the #sweetcorn - sunshine makes them stronger! Show us how you are defeating them thi… NorfolkCYP / 11 February 2019

Our Partners

Close the mobile menu