Kids and screen time

Kids and screen time

Screen-based media (which includes TV, playstations, nintendos and computers) can suck hours out of your kid’s day without them – or you - even noticing; time they should be doing something more active or, at the very least, more stimulating. A good mix of indoor and outdoor pursuits, passive activities and physical exercise every day is recommended.

Recommendations for screen time:

  • Children under 2 years. Very little time watching TV or using a computer Preschoolers. Up to an hour a day of programs made for preschool children with little or no computer time.
  • Children 5 to 8 years. An hour of screen time (in whatever guise you choose) a day is plenty. Children over 8 years. An hour and a half-hour to two hours a day.

Read more about how much screen time your child should be getting, here.


While there’s no denying that there are many entertaining experiences for your child to have through TV, video games and computers, s/he also needs time to build strong relationships with the people in his or her life. S/he should have more time in his or her day for being active through physical play and learning through ‘hands-on’ activities than for the more passive experiences to be had during screen time.

Providing an alternative

Check out our 15 active games to get children away from their screens.

We've also got hundreds of activities in our activity finder.

If they still need to stay indoors, there are plenty of things they can do away from the screen.

Or if you're looking for a quiet activity, print off some of our colouring pages.


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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include Victorian Parenting Centre and SA Government’s Parenting and Child Health

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