Watching too much television has been associated with increased snacking leading to increased obesity, as well as to lower reading scores and attention problems in children. Screen time includes time spent on TVs, computers, gaming consoles, tables and smartphones.
Try These Activities
Instead of Watching TV
Ride a Bike
Go on a Nature Hike
Put Together a Puzzle
Turn on Some Music & Dance
Play Board Games
Walk, Run, or Jog
Go to the Llibrary
Go for a Swim
Attend an Activity in the Community
Tame the TV and Computer!
Set Limits and Provide Alternatives
Set Some Basic Rules, Such as No TV or Computer Before Homework and Chores are Completed.
No TV During Mealtimes.
Use a Timer. When the Bell Rings, it's Time to Turn Off the TV.
Eliminate TV During the Week.
Set Family Guidelines for Age-Appropriate Shows.
Make a List of Fun Activities to do Instead of Being in Front of a Screen.
Keep Books, Magazines, and Board Games in the Family Room.
Healthy Screen Time?
No TV/Computer in the Room Where the Child Sleeps.
No TV/Computer for Children Under the Age of 2.
One Hour of Educational TV/Computer Time For Children Between the Ages of 2 and 5.