Screen Time

When your child arrives in school, the classroom is full of opportunities to socialize with his/her peers.  The ability to play and interact with others is a challenge for our children who have grown up in a TV/video game/computer screen world.  They know how to interact with the video games and computer programs just fine, but put them with another child and expect them to play and get along; it’s not such an easy task. Each year the Kindergartners and First Graders are coming to school with more and more knowledge of technology and less and less knowledge of social skills.  Something has to give. Experts recommend very little ‘screen time’ for five and six year olds, with screen time being any time during the day that your child is sitting in front of a TV, video game, or computer screen.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.

If your child has a TV in his/her room, remove it immediately!  Encourage more interaction with family members and friends then playing and being social at school will be an easier task.


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Filed under First Grade, Kindergarten, Parents, Play, Social Skills

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