Screentime rules: parenting for the individual child

What rules should I have for my family when it comes to screentime? How much screentime should my children be allowed? What can they play, watch, consume on the screens? At what point will they become addicted to their screen?

These are just some of the many questions I get asked from parents, but like all things parenting in a digital world, there are many variances and stipulations to these answers.

We do certainly need to change the question from ‘how much time’ to other more relevant enquiries, such as, ‘what exactly are they consuming and engaging with on the screens?

And even more pertinent is, ‘what is my child consuming and engaging in and what is the effect it is having on that child’?

Once I determine how my individual child is coping and have understood their needs, challenges and experiences, I can better put in place the boundaries and engage in the conversations I need to have.

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