But not all screen time is bad—there’s plenty of enriching content that’s only possible with a device. Calls with distant relatives, interactive education apps, and informative videos help your kids interact, learn, and see the world in new ways.
Circle’s Focus Time can help you choose apps and websites that your kids can and can’t watch at specific times of the day, helping to keep digital distractions at bay. Talk to your kids about the impact of Likes, turn off notifications, and help curate their time online.
Co-watch with your kids
Most pediatricians recommend zero screen time for toddlers under age two. (The only exception is for video calls.) The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than an hour a day of age-appropriate media use for two- to five-year-olds.
It’s easy to set kids in front of a TV, smartphone, or tablet and let them choose what they want to watch. But that’s not best for kids' brains. Young kids aren't the best at picking quality programming, and studies have shown kids learn best from real-world interaction.
The best way to counteract these effects is to watch with your little one. Encourage them to interact with the content, like singing along with songs, and ask them questions about what they’ve seen. This helps kids create a connection between the media and real life.