How Much Screen Time Is Okay for Tweens and Teenagers?
Unfortunately, there are no proven screen time guidelines for parents to follow on how long tweens and teens should be on screens each day. There is always new research coming out, and adolescent psychiatry has recently shown links between tweens and teens who have more than two hours of TV screen time per day and depressive symptoms and obesity.
That said, the resounding opinion of researchers, pediatricians, and psychologists alike is that the kind of media being consumed on screens matters. If your kids are going to be on screens, steer them towards engaging, positive media.
The best possible solution for avoiding too much screen time is to have open conversations with your teens about boundaries and to create a balanced environment that provides a mix of physical activity, IRL interactions, education, and last on the list—screens.
Circle Can Help Balance Screen Time
Now that you’re armed with knowledge about how much screen time is okay for your kids, you can feel more empowered to stand firm when you need to say no.
Whether you have a preschooler or a teenager, it’s important to be able to set custom Filters on your kids’ devices for appropriate content by age, and apply those filters to social media, videos, games, and apps and websites.
When you simply need to create an incentive to put the devices down, set Time Limits on sites or platforms, or designate Focus Time for the family to be together.
You don’t have to fight the screen time battle alone. Circle parental controls has your back.