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Limiting Screen Time

Limiting your children's screen time may be tough - but the effects of too much screen time can be detrimental.

Here are some tips to help limit screen time and encourage more physical or creative activity for your kids:

  • Set the Example - Children usually model the behaviors of their parents. If they see you putting down the remote and picking up a book or going outside, they will likely follow.
  • Be the Parent - Decide the rules of screen time and stick with them. Explain why you've made that decision and be open to a conversation.
  • Set Limited Screen Times - It's easier for children to understand and follow a structured schedule. For example, set screen time for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening.
  • Encourage Other Activities - Make sure there are plenty of other things for your children to do - read books, play games, make art, play sports, etc.
  • Be Involved in Their Lives - Spend time with your children doing offline activities that nourish your relationship.


The board-certified physicians at Barton Pediatrics have the tools and information you need to keep your children healthy. To schedule an appointment, call 530.543.5550.