25 Jul 2019

Parents seek help to reduce children's screentime

From Nine To Noon, 9:43 am on 25 July 2019

Helping children to reduce their screentime can be as simple as remembering what you did as a child - encouraging outdoor play.

In the US, there is a growing demand for screen-free parenting coaches to help come into homes to help parents wean their children from spending excessive time online staring at the screen of their tablets, phones and other devices.

Here, the Ministry of Health guidelines for screen time usage is less than one hour each day for children aged 2 to 5 years. 

To examine some strategies for helping cut down on screentime, Gloria DeGaetano is a private coach working in the Seattle area helping families to deal with the issue.

Gloria DeGaetano

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