Parents often find themselves thinking, “Is my child getting too much screen time?” or “What is an appropriate amount of screen time?”. Did you know, that according to the Public Health Agency of Canada screen time is not recommended for children under 2 years old? KidsHealth.org also states that kids between the ages 2-5 should have no more than 1 hour of screen time a day. Shocking, I know!
Screen time can take your child’s attention away from other ways to have fun and learn. Too much screen time for children can also lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and poor habits. That being said, we are living in unique times where keeping our children off tablets, phones and away from T.V. can be difficult, so what’s a good alternative? Why not radio!
Regina’s local community radio station, 91.3 CJTR is introducing a special new programming initiative for families who are staying safe at home to isolate. The program is called “Imagine This” and provides 100% family friendly and kid-focused content from 9am – 12pm CST every weekday!
“CJTR hosts and special guests will share music, stories, reporting, art classes, math classes and loads more! Some screen-free time for everyone.”
If you don’t have a radio, 91.3 CJTR can be broadcast through their app and/or through a web browser! Here’s a link to the show information and schedule: http://cjtr.ca/news/item/?n=193.
PRO TIP: Turning on the radio can be a substitute for screen time. Often times children learn the most when their bodies are active. Try turning the radio on and the screens off while your child plays.
Stay safe, stay healthy – We’re all in this together!