The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is now focusing on its fourth theme, Power Off and Play. This them encourages kids and families to build a balanced day by replacing screen time with more physical activity. It’s all about powering off devices and playing more.
Why focus on screen time
- Research suggests that higher screen time can harm many aspects of children’s health including early development, physical and psychosocial health.
- Screen time is also a concern because it can interfere with and take time away from healthy activities in a child’s day.
Three ways to address screen time
- Stay within recommended screen time limits
- Health and health promotion experts in Canada recommend limiting children’s exposure to screens. This can reduce the associated health risks and promote positive health outcomes.
- Put screens away during important times of day
- Screen time can interfere with important daily routines, making it difficult for children to stay healthy. In particular, it’s vital to power off screens for sleep time and meal time.
- Replace some screen time with other activities
- When children spend time in front of screens, they have less time free for other healthy activities. A balanced day should be filled with learning, physical activity, social interaction and fun activities.