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Recommended screen time limits

It’s recommended that kids younger than two years of age shouldn’t spend any time watching television or using other electronic media (TV/DVDs, computer and other electronic games).

For children aged 2-5 years of age, sitting and watching television, and using other electronic media (DVDs, computer and other electronic games) should be limited to less than one hour per day. 

*Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Health and Ageing (2010) Move and Play Every Day, National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 years

Ways you can limit screen time

It could be challenging limiting the kids’ screen time but these tips may help.

  • Set family rules about the maximum time on screens per day and stick to it

  • Try not to leave the TV on in the background – use music instead

  • Designate certain days as screen-free days (this could be one or two days during the week when they have other after school activities)

  • Encourage children to be selective about what they watch rather than just whatever happens to be on

  • Have a "no screen" policy during meal times

  • Avoid having screens in bedrooms or study/quiet areas

  • You could use a timer or alarm clock to enforce the screen time you set

  • Try not to spend lots of time in front of a screen, or let the kids see you spending lots of time in front of a screen

  • Wherever possible, choose non-screen-based activities and entertainment

  • If you’re an early childhood education and care service, develop a policy which identifies the amount of time children spend engaging in sedentary small screen activities