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How do I manage screen time and technology use for my child during their childhood years?

Hello everyone,

I have a 4-year-old child who is increasingly interested in spending time on digital devices such as tablets and smartphones. While I understand the benefits of technology in learning and entertainment, I am also concerned about the negative impacts of excessive screen time on their development and health.

As a parent, I want to ensure that my child's screen time and technology use is limited and balanced with other activities such as outdoor play and reading. However, I am not sure how to manage this effectively and ensure that my child does not become too reliant on technology.

I would appreciate any tips or advice from other parents or professionals on how to manage screen time and technology use for young children. How much screen time is recommended for a 4-year-old? What activities can I encourage my child to do instead of using digital devices? And how can I set boundaries and rules around technology use without causing conflict or resistance from my child?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Hello everyone,

As a parent to a 8-year-old child, I understand the struggle of managing screen time and technology use. Over the years, I have learned that finding a balance between screen time and other activities is key to avoiding excessive addiction to technology.

One thing that has worked well for us is to set specific hours for screen time, such as after school or before bedtime. This allows my child to have a set time to engage with screens while still having enough time for other activities.

To encourage my child to do other activities, I have provided alternative options such as board games, outdoor activities, reading books and engaging in physical activities. My child enjoys trying new things and engaging in different activities, making it easier for me to limit screen time.

To avoid potential negative effects of excessive screen time, I limit the use of non-educational apps and rarely allow my child to use social media platforms. Additionally, I monitor my child's internet usage to prevent access to inappropriate content.

Lastly, I try to model good behavior by minimizing my time around screens, especially when spending time with my child. I believe that this helps to foster a positive and healthy attitude towards technology.

In conclusion, finding a balance between screen time and other activities is essential in managing technology use for young children. By providing alternative options and setting boundaries, we can reduce the negative impact of excessive screen time and promote healthy development.


Hi there,

As a parent to a 6-year-old child, I have faced the challenge of managing screen time and technology use. One thing that has helped me is to use technology as a tool rather than a babysitter.

I actively seek out educational websites, apps, and games for my child to use. I also make sure that my child has access to offline educational resources, such as books and puzzles.

To set boundaries, I have created a schedule that includes a mix of activities, both online and offline. I make sure to include regular breaks during screen time to encourage my child to stretch and exercise their muscles.

Another approach that has helped me is to find engaging activities outside of the home that don't involve screens. I have enrolled my child in after-school clubs such as soccer, karate, or chess club, depending on their interests.

Lastly, I have an open dialogue with my child about the risks of online activity and dangers associated with spending too much time on screens. This has fostered an atmosphere of communication and trust in our relationship when it comes to technology use.

Overall, technology use can be beneficial for young children if managed appropriately. By incorporating boundaries and rules, as well as finding offline activities, we can ensure that our children are well-rounded and healthy while using technology to their benefit.


Hi there,

As a parent of a 3-year-old, I completely understand your concerns about managing screen time and technology use for young children. I have found that setting boundaries and rules around technology use has been helpful in balancing my child's screen time with other activities.

For my child, we limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per day, and only allow the use of educational apps and games. We also encourage outdoor play, imaginative play, and reading books as alternative activities.

To make it clear and easy for my child to understand the rules, we created a daily routine that includes designated times for screen time and other activities. We also make sure to model good behavior by limiting our own screen time when around our child.

In terms of setting boundaries, I find that involving my child in the decision-making process has been helpful in reducing conflict and resistance. We talk about the importance of taking breaks from screens, and my child is allowed to choose which activities to do during their screen-free time.

Overall, it's important to evaluate what works best for your family and adjust accordingly. Every child is different, and it's crucial to be flexible and open-minded in managing screen time and technology use.

Hope this helps!


Hi everyone,

As a parent of a 5-year-old child, I have faced similar challenges in managing screen time and technology use. Initially, I tried limiting screen time to specific hours and types of activities, but found that it did not work well for my child's learning and development.

Eventually, I realized that limiting screen time alone did not solve the problem. Instead, I incorporated technology as part of our daily routine and made it a positive learning experience for my child. By selecting educational games, videos, and apps, I saw my child making good progress in her development.

I also encouraged my child to learn beyond the screen by including tech-free activities such as art and crafts, outdoor play, and reading stories. Over time, I saw my child's interest in these activities increasing and becoming more balanced.

To ensure healthy limits on screen time, I regularly monitor my child's internet usage and restrict access to age-inappropriate content. I also involve my child in setting rules and boundaries around technology use, thus promoting a sense of responsibility in managing screen time.

In conclusion, I suggest not to limit technology use but to balance it with other activities that can promote a child's all-round growth. By creating a healthy and flexible routine, we can turn screen time into positive learning experiences that benefit our children's development.

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