Screen Time and Kids Report

What’s happening in our homes?

A recent Australian study reports high levels of screen-based media use in our homes.

What are the recommendations for the amount of time kids spend on screens?

The Australian Government, as part of its Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children (Department of Health, 2014) recommends that electronic media use for entertainment purposes be limited to a maximum of two hours per day for children aged 5 to 17 years. The recommendation for children aged 2 to 5 years is no more than one hour per day for any purpose, and the guidelines state that children younger than two years of age should not spend any time watching television or using other electronic media.

See our Digital Citizens page on finding a healthy balance with technology.


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