Screen time for kids: How Singapore parents set limits

Many parents already know, at least vaguely, that too much screen time is bad for young children’s development.

What they may not realise is just how bad it is for little ones to be glued to the screens of TVs, smartphones or computers.

The authoritative American Academy of Pediatrics last month slashed its maximum recommended screen time for children aged two to five. The maximum recommended screen time went from two hours daily to one hour a day.

Related: Screen time recommendations by age: toddlers and preschoolers

It also recommended that parents watch “high quality programming” with their children during this hour and that children younger than 18 months get zero screen time (the previous recommendation was that children below two years old should not get any screen time at all).

This new development should spur parents to take action, if they have not already done so.

Next page: What other Singaporean parents are doing

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