Limit screen time and choose screen activities wisely
- The following suggestions on screen time for children and adolescents are recommended.
- 1) Pre-schoolers:
- 1.1) Under 2 years old: Your child needs a large amount of parent-child interaction before two years old. Avoid letting him in contact with any electronic screen products unless to do interactive video-chat with family members under parents’ guidance. If you think the use of certain screen activity may benefit his learning and development, always accompany and guide him and set limits for him.
- 1.2) 2 to 5 years old: The daily accumulated time for your child to watch TV or use computer, tablet computer or smartphone should be restricted to within one hour. The screen activities should be interactive and educative, and to be carried out under your guidance.
- 2) Primary school students (6 to 12 years old): Limit recreational screen time to no more than two hours a day. Set rules to help children build up time management skills.
- 3) Secondary school students (12 to 18 years old): Adolescents should be trained to develop good time management skills and self-discipline to work independently and prepare themselves to be responsible adults. Regular breaks should be adopted if prolonged screen time e.g. for academic purpose, is unavoidable.