Break out the champagne. It’s time to celebrate because any research that let’s parents off the never-ending guilt cycle is research worth sharing.
You know all those times you put your little one in front of Peppa Pig and raced off to fold the laundry consumed with guilt that you were harming her forever more?
Well guilt be banished.
Remember all those looks you tried to ignore as your snotty, sniveling toddler played Monkey Lunch box on your phone while you walked around Target?
Well guilt trip yourself no more.
It turns out all those years of anguish about the fact my now eight-year old learnt his colours, numbers AND alphabet from ABC Kids was wasted.
(Even if he does say “zee” rather than zed.)
Because screen time is actually not that bad for our kids.
You wanna read that line again because I do.
Real proper experts have shown that the big elephant in the corner of each and every room and in the handbag of each and every mum is not so bad after all.
How about that?
One of the leading bodies on childhood health has changed their recommendations for screen time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised their guidelines for screen time in order to keep up with the times.
In 2011 and 2013 the AAP issued policy statements discouraging any "screen time" for children under two years old and suggested that children over two should be limited to less than two hours of screen time per day. The Australian Health Department guidelines are similar recommending children over two years spend fewer than two hours looking at screens daily, and children under two have no screen time.
(We all stuck to that didn't we?)
But a new policy, partly released last week, is vastly different, this time the AAP, instead of setting new time limits on media use, has pointed out for the first time that "the quality of content is more important than the platform or time spent with media."
Giving a preview of the new recommendations in the October issue of AAP News the academy announced some significant shifts in their thinking. In fact, they admit that the very term "screen time" is becoming outdated, writing that "in a world where "screen time" is becoming simply "time," our policies must evolve or become obsolete."
The guidelines are welcome news for parents who find that technology dominates all areas of life from homework to play and it’s a huge relief for the massive guilt trip that is “GUIDELINES”.
It is now time for the Australian "experts" to catch up.
Can unlimited screen time ever work? Watch the experiment I did on my kids. ( Post continues after video)