Parents Need Screen Time Limits, Too, Pediatricians Say

Parents Need Screen Time Limits, Too, Pediatricians Say

A recent research survey completed by doctors from the University of Wisconsin School of Medical and Public Health in Madison studied the effects of so-called “Screen time” on parents. Despite parents being often told to make sure they limit the amount of time their children spend on tablets, computers, phones, and other personal devices, their study indicated that parents need to be more attentive to the focus that is being taken away from their children when they themselves spend time “plugged in” and not interacting with their children.

The study showed that not only do parents spend an understandable amount of time using their devices for work and personal organization, they are also easily caught up documenting their children and sharing them on social media and spending less time actually raising them.

The study gave recommendations for limiting the amount of time wasted by focusing on the most important tasks, and avoiding unneeded screen time which can lead to stress, which can negatively impact quality time. It urged a focus on important daily rituals being phone-free to prioritize interpersonal interaction and setting a good example.

The study also pointed to various safety issues which parents obviously ought to be taking in to consideration. Screen time while parenting can lead to distracted supervision.

Key Points:

  • 1Parents should always prioritize important duties like; meal preparation, bedtime, and time with children.
  • 2Parents should not utilize their smartphones as much because kids are learning from them and will become obsessed with phones.
  • 3Parents should also set a positive example for their children to follow.


Children learn smartphone habits from their parents, so it’s important to make time to unplug and “single-task,” prioritize quality time with children, and resist the urge to document everything, the authors write.
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