I’ve just read the BBC Education article which was published yesterday about a survey into how much TV and screen time children have. It’s reported that the average child in the UK watches more than two and a half hours of T.V. a day. Does this match what happens in your house?
It certainly doesn’t reflect our family. My two didn’t watch any T.V. at all until they were around three and now they’re four and eight they do watch some most days but I’d say for no more than about an hour. I think one of the reasons they’re so creative and playful is because they’ve had the opportunity to have lots of free time rather than screen time.
There are lots of other stats in the report which I find surprising and I’d love to hear your take on it. Do your children watch T.V. everyday? How much time do they spend on line? Do you have any family rules about what they watch or do you think it’s no big deal? Do you think screen time is part of play nowadays and prepares children for the online world?