Tips For Making Screen Time Work For You and Your Child

Parenting in this digital world can be tricky. Navigating the appropriateness, amount and learning benefits between kids and screen time is harder yet.  As a parent I get it. We’re all trying to find a balance. A balance between learning and fun, between keeping our kids safe and allowing them to explore the digital world and the list never ends. At the end of the day, most pediatricians suggest that about two hours of screen time is recommended for children and teens and to establish “screen-free” zones at home. The screen time kids do receive should be educational in nature but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! With a few ground rules and the right software, kids can learn while having fun too. 

LeapPad Platinum

Monitor Their Usage

Quality is just as important as quantity. Make sure that the time your child spends with their screen is educational. There are thousands of games and apps that offer a fun learning experience. Leapfrog has been know to provide quality, educational content for kids for years. Their library offers hundreds of fun learning games, eBooks, apps, videos, music and more approved by LeapFrog educators. Some of our favorite learning games include the Ready, Set, Kindergarten program which introduces young learners to the kindergarten experience right from home. 

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Choose the Right Device

If you decide to go with a traditional tablet, you will want to purchase an app like OurPact that allows you to control when your child has access to the screen and for how long. You will also want to download software that prevents your child from accessing content that is unsafe. However, for true peace of mind you might want to just go with something like the LeapPad Platinum. It offers a 7in screen for learning, fun and more.leappad-platinumThe Leapfrog Platinum tablet offers Wi-Fi with Kid-Safe Web, which is a safe, protected web browser serving up a ton of kid-appropriate videos and more—all reviewed or approved by learning experts. It’s ideal for kids with its large screen, crisp resolution, 2mp camera, 8gb of memory and access to thousands of games online and via the new interactive Imagicards.

Continue Learning Offline

A child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn by interacting with people. So take the lessons your child is learning online and continue to work with them offline too. In addition to reading everyday, almost everything – even just a walk to the park – can be turned into a learning adventure

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16 thoughts on “Tips For Making Screen Time Work For You and Your Child”

  1. My son works very closely with his son and daughter to make sure they’re screen time is as productive as it can be! Between educational games and strict time schedules, they’re doing pretty well so far! :)

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  2. The best moments growing up was spending time with my parents. Back then we didnt have online fun. Alas things change. I now live far from my family but still connect playing games online with my mom. While online fun can be easy and fun sometimes you have to have lots of offline fun. especially when you child is younger so they get to see things first hand rather then everything through a screen

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  3. I am thankful that all my kids watch on youtube are educational videos. They learned the alphabets, numbers and colors even before they went to school.

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  4. This is great! It’s so easy to have kids just sit in front of a screen all the time now. I actually need to learn to manage my time in front of a screen better.

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  5. These are all great tips, I agree it must really be difficult to find the balance in the technologically advanced era we are in and even harder to raise kids

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  6. I loved this post since as a teacher I know that there are great ways to use screen time for education. I always love learning about new apps to try.

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  7. Making sure that there is much more face-to-face time than screen time is key to keeping things balanced. Tech knowledge is great, but people skills are better!

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  8. LeapPad is such a great system. I love that they’re constantly innovating and keeping learning fun for the kiddos.

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  9. I would love a Leap Pad for my preschool class! We’ve got an iPad but it scares me letting them use it lol. It requires constant monitoring!

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  10. I’ve actually thought about this recently. I’m currently expecting, and I was thinking about my friend, who constantly lets her little one use her phone. Numerous times, she has wound up with a broken phone. I’m definitely going to have to get something like the Leap Pad one day, for my child. Not only to save my own device, but to also make sure she is safe.

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  11. Great tips! I think it’s important to at least introduce children to certain devices, especially the educational ones like LeapPad! Not all screen time bad there are so many educational learning tools for kids online <3

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  12. Thanks for the great tips. We try to encourage the children to use the iPad only a few hours a day. We only allow educational apps and we Love PBS kids. Dinner table is a no screen zone for sure.

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