How much screen time should my child have? (from 24 months) 

Health visitor Rachel Shorney talks about whether your toddler should play with a computer or tablet.

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Transcript of How much screen time should my child have? (from 24 months)

How much screen time should my child have?   Rachel: “There can be benefits of using computers and tablets with your children, but the key thing is that you use them with your children.   It's important to think about limiting the time to no more than 30 minutes a day.  Consider the content of what your child is watching. Ensure that it's educational. Encourage them to ask questions about what they're watching.   Screens should not be used as a diversion technique for your child, particularly if they're under two years old. It's more important when you're playing with your child to have more interaction to encourage their development through play, rather than just looking at the screen.   Screens should not be used before bedtime, as they can be quite stimulating and you'll want to encourage your child to become calm and settle down for the night.   It's important to be aware of the dangers of too much screen time, such as childhood obesity and high cholesterol in children. We should encourage children to be active, to get out and about and screen times should not be used as an alternative for this.”    

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