According to research in Canada and USA, as well of the recommendations of the OMS, infants should not be exposed to any electronic screen.
Children between 2 and 4 years old, should not exceed of one hour of sedentary screen each day children older than 5 y ears old, should have not more than two hours of recreational screen time.
Older toddlers and preschoolers if expose to screen time this should be mostly educational material, and music to reinforce some educational activity provided for an educator or a parent.
So, What parents and caregivers can do? Limited especially cartoons and movies, always watch with them the program, especially the new ones, and be special vigilant for the ads.
Remember that young children has short attention span so do not expose to long movies even if they are PG rated.
Encourage outdoor activities and play, exploring, wondering, listening to music and stories and encourage play. Daily Physical activity is very important for their development, so Reinforce exercise, sports, yoga.
How to tell when is too much screen time? When you notice your child nervous, lonely, overly tired, fearful, isolated from friends, angry, and with difficulty to concentrate.
Younger children learn for the interaction in the real world and exploring it.
Hand paint is a good sensory experience for younger children, allows them to use their imagination and creativity. You can visit .ART ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN - EMMA'S PLACE
This week we celebrated Pink shirt day in my daycare.
Why is this important and what does it mean?
For me it is important, especially nowadays that being selfish and expressing rudeness without showing any consideration for other's feelings is so common.
We adults even laugh and justify a bully in different ways and on a daily basis.
All of this affects our children because parents and teachers are the ones that model their behaviour and how they will behave in the future.
So, teaching children how to behave with each other is a way to also remind the parents about respect, empathy, solidarity and cooperation.
Every week we will talk a little about this.
The Pink Shirt Day, a movement started in 2007 when a group of children organized a high school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
This act of kindness inspired to help other youth affected by bullying.
Let the children express themselves. Put some music, offer the children different materials, different textures and colours to paint, and allow their imagination. After they finish you can ask them. What they see., what they feel when they were painting.