How Much Screen Time Do You Grant to Your Kids per Day?

Updated on February 26, 2018
J.R. asks from Bell, CA
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I would really appreciate if you share your experience. Do you use parental control apps?

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answers from Dallas on

I don't was long as school is done or he's on lunch break (15 year old homeschools) and chores are done he can use it. There are a few times that I have taken it away but that's because he's not done his chores.

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answers from New York on

Yes I do use Parental Control Apps. for the simple fact that when my 11yr old goes on her phone, I use to find inappropriate conversation or games that were not suitable for her age. So I stopped it before it got out of hand. With every thing that is going on Parental Control will be used and when she moves out than that will be on her, but will living in my house my rules.

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answers from San Francisco on

I never micromanaged my kids leisure time. They spent plenty of time in school, doing sports/activities, playing with friends, doing reading/homework, etc. We watched TV and movies, and played video games together and separately.
I don't really get why parents get so worked up about "screen time." If you are an active family then your kids should be getting plenty of fresh air, exercise and socialization anyway. Movies, shows and games are just a way to chill and relax during downtime.

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answers from Portland on

No. I don't really get it - to be honest.

We're flexible. So long as what is needed to be done has been done, I don't micromanage my kids' spare time. Some days they are too busy for devices - other days, there is more of it. I am the same. I have binge watched Netflix before, and other days barely check my phone.

If I notice my kids are glued to their screens - then I say "Enough" - go find something productive to do. It's no different than when we were kids and parents kicked us off the TV. I'd rather be the one kicking my kids off the screen then have an app do it.

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answers from Dallas on

We did not police our daughter, use apps or timers.

We implemented a Common sense approach to balance everything with playtime, play dates, instructional time, down time and family time plus more.

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answers from Washington DC on

welcome to mamapedia, J.!

When my kids were younger - like 3 and 5 - I tried to limit their time on the TV by encouraging them to go outside and play.

Now that they are 15 and 17? I don't micromanage them. I tell them that their homework and grades are the priority. Once that's done? they can do XBOX or TV. Homework comes first.

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answers from Kansas City on

I don't set time limits. My kids are 8 and 10 and they do not have personal devices nor are they required to do homework on-line so this makes it easier. I set limits based on what else we/they have or haven't done that day. They do get screen time at school, some days more than others, and I have personally noticed that they are crankier and sleep worse when exposed to more screen time (Not to even mention the countless studies that support that, but whatever). So sometimes I will let them watch tv for hours, and other days not at all. Usually the longer tv times, etc. are on the weekends when we all need to veg for a bit but during the week I would say that they maybe get an hour or less per day, on average.

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answers from Tampa on

We really limit our kids screen time to about 30 minutes a day because if we don't, they because extremely crabby! They also have a few things they need to do before they get any screen time. Every family and child is different, and this is what works for us the best.
My husband actually developed an app for it where they can earn more time by do learning apps. The parents can set the time they want their child to learn before they play.

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answers from San Francisco on

Mine do not get screen time, other than for homework, during the week. On Sunday, screens go off at 8:00 p.m. and don't come back on until Friday after school. They do get a lot of time on Saturday, but on Sunday, which is our housecleaning day, no screen time until all housecleaning and laundry is done.

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answers from Norfolk on

Perks are constantly earned with good behavior.
If they didn't earn any fun time - then they get none.
Getting homework and chores completed and generally helping with anything that needs doing without argument means I can be fairly flexible with screen time.
A couple hours of screen time is enough and it's just about all the time that's left after activities and supper before bedtime.
But if there's a good book our son wants to read (and he reads a lot) - sometimes the tv/computer doesn't get turned on at all - his choice.

We never had to use any control apps.
All the screens (tv, computer, phone, etc) are in the living room and we all know what everyone is watching - we watch together.

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answers from Honolulu on

When my kids were younger, I didn't use apps or timers.

Instead, they knew what their responsibilities were (homework, basic chores, care of personal possessions like bikes being stored properly and jackets hung up, any pet care), and if those responsibilities were done properly, screen time was ok.

They knew they had to be on time to meet the school bus, and get the grades that were appropriate for them (the best they were capable of, depending on the child).

I just made it common-sense. If they overslept and missed the bus, if they were crabby from staying up too late, if homework turned sloppy, if they were "too tired" to walk the dog but not too tired to jump around the room on a Wii competition, then the consequences had to happen. Less screen time to accommodate their "tiredness", more sleep, less free time.

But if they had a good attitude, good grades and school performance, good behavior as far as chores, then they could have time with tv or electronics.

What I did monitor, however, was screen content. No electronics alone in bedrooms while they were young, and as long as we paid for the internet connection, we had access to passwords and sites and history. We checked phone usage and ensured that phones weren't used during the school day. So it was more a matter of content and place than minutes or hours.

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answers from New York on

We do 30 min - 1 hr per day (that would be a rarity to do an hour, though). All screen time is in front of us so we never found the need to use parental controls. When we had our older kids at home and internet at night was an issue, we just shut it off at 10 p.m. and turned it on at 5 a.m.

I worry more about unsupervised screen time and amounts of screen time at school than I do at home. It is ridiculous how much technology is relied on at the schools. We actually have technology restrictions in our boys IEPs at school.

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answers from Washington DC on

When our son was little he got 30 min on school nights and 60 min on weekends for video games. He would set the oven timer. He decided how he wanted to divide up the minutes on his own. Some days he would save up his time and do 15 minute sessions and other days he would do it all at once. Sometimes, for rewards, he would get extra time or we would "negotiate" extra time as payment for jobs. It was great and he learned a lot about time management, delayed gratification and responsibility. We phased it out as he got older, but it worked out great as a little guy!



answers from Chicago on

We try to balance activities. So my kids were outside running around for 4 hours, and now they will probably do 3 hours of screens. It really varies, but they usually spend 1-2 hours every morning and then do another chunk in the afternoon. We HS, so we have more time than most people. But we try to find balance, rather than limit.


answers from Seattle on

However much they long as they do their chores, their homework is done, they have gone to their soccer practices (3-5 days a week, 2 hours a practice), and they sit down and have dinner with the family.
It may seem a bit "lax" but in reality they only play about an hour or so. Right now they are on break so they have been playing 4/5 hours of video games (middle school and high school). It's FREEZING outside so I don't mind.



answers from Oklahoma City on

I don't monitor ours. The kids go out and play and have fun, they never have "homework" that is busy work. They might have an assignment they didn't finish but that's finishing school work not assigning random book work to do at home.

They're good kids. They play games, watch a little TV, have good lives.

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