Parents may not always see it, but efforts to limit your children’s screen time can make a real difference to how they behave.
A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found children get more sleep, do better in school, behave better and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV.
With children averaging more than 40 hours of screen time a week, not counting time spent on a computer at school, even small changes can make a real difference.
It’s not suggested that parents completely eliminate screen time, but that a healthy balance is found.
However researchers warned parents not to expect a miracle overnight! Douglas Gentile, lead author of the report says the effect is not immediate:
“Parents aren’t likely to notice that putting limits on the children’s media is having these effects until seven months later.”
The study of 1,300 school children in the US found the benefits of limiting both screen time and media content included getting more sleep, better results in school, less aggressive behaviour and even a lower risk of obesity.