Small screen entertainment is becoming an increasingly large part of young people's free time and these activities also double as social experiences when they play games and interact with their friends. There are considerable long term impacts of overuse of computers, game consoles and watching TV for extended periods such as obesity, poor posture, tendon strain, and difficulties with social engagement. More recently there has been an increased occurrence of cyber bullying and online stranger danger.
Discuss structuring your child’s use of electronics by allocating `screen time', or come to an agreement where by electronic play is supplemented by some form of physical activity or organised sport.
Structure and monitor your child’s internet use. You can do this by using a timetabling system that allows for “homework” time, “free” time and “screen” time. This means that you can establish a balance that ensures they meet their school work requirements, have time for active play and some time for small screen entertainment.
It is also advisable that you have your computer in an accessible open area so you can monitor the sites they visit. Make sure your child is not exposed to violence on television and video games. Look for the ratings on television shows, movies and video games to assist you with appropriate choices for your child.
For more information on technology and young people visit:
|A technology guide for parents|
|NSW Commission for Children and Young People - Kid Zone|
|Education Services Australia - Internet Safety|
For more information on classification of media visit:
|Australian Government Classification website|
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