How do you police your child’s screen time?

How long should children spend on technology a day? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

How long should children spend on technology a day? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

This week Kirstie Allsopp hit the headlines after revealing she had smashed her children’s iPads because they broke her rules on screen time.

She has come under fire for her tough stance and has since quit Twitter, but while some parents may think she went a step too far, they have praised her success in tearing her children away from their tablets.

Rebecca Neville, 23 agreed with Allsopps argument that children have too much time in front of screens. Jessica Hill, business writer for Archant Suffolk, admits she finds it hard as a working mum-of-three to police screen time and sometimes she has to resort to distraction techniques to avoid an argument.

Kirstie Allsopp admitted smashing her childrens Ipads over screentime Picture: FIONA MURRAY/ARCHANT

Kirstie Allsopp admitted smashing her childrens Ipads over screentime Picture: FIONA MURRAY/ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Getting the children out of the house is a common tactic for getting kids off their screens and enouraging them to spend quality time with real people.

There is no clear advice to parents when it comes to screentime for children. However a two-year study involving more than 5,000 children found an increased risk of high blood pressure in those children who spent more than two hours a day in front of a screen.


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