What is the maximum screen time for children (by age in minutes)? We will tell!

More and more children sit behind a screen too often and for too long. Think for example of watching television, playing games on the smartphone and watching YouTube videos via the iPad. Do you believe that your child spends too much time behind a screen? And are you curious about the guidelines for the number of minutes your child should look at a screen at his or her age? In this article we will tell you more about the maximum screen time for children by age in minutes. We hereby give you guidelines for the maximum time in minutes that your child is on.

Hoe lang is de maximale schermtijd van een kind?

Whether it’s gaming on the Nintendo Switch, or watching a video on the laptop: one day children will soon exceed the maximum recommended screen time. There are no official rules for screen time for children, but there are guidelines you can use. The average screen time for children is determined by their age. The older a child is, the longer the maximum screen time. As a parent, do you wonder how much screen time your child can have on a daily basis? We have the answer for you!

This is the maximum screen time for children by age:

  • 0 to 2 years: maximum 5 minutes per day
  • 2 to 4 years: maximum 30 minutes per day
  • 4 to 6 years: maximum 1 hour per day (divided over 4 moments)
  • 6 to 8 years: maximum 1 hour per day (divided over 2 moments)
  • 8 to 10 years: maximum 1 to 1.5 hours per day
  • 10 to 12 years: maximum 2 hours per day

Screen time baby & toddler (0 to 4 years)

Children are exposed to screens at an increasingly younger age. In fact, babies and toddlers these days are growing up in a digital world and are therefore dealing with televisions, smartphones, iPads and more at an increasingly younger age. But how can you best deal with this as a parent? Babies should be exposed to screens as little as possible, with a maximum screen time of 5 minutes per day. 2-, 3- and 4-year-old toddlers are allowed to sit behind a screen for up to 30 minutes a day. Please note: the emphasis here is on maximum, because it is advisable for young children to have them come into contact with screens as little as possible. We also recommend keeping screen time as low as possible, especially for toddlers up to 4 years old.

Maximum screen time child (up to 12 years)

It is not only important to monitor screen time for babies and toddlers. Even when children have reached the age of 4 years or older, it is essential to have insight into how long they look at a screen every day. For children aged 4 to 6 years old, a maximum screen time of one hour applies, preferably divided over a minimum of 4 moments of 15 minutes. Is your child between the ages of 6 and 8 years old? Even then, a maximum of one hour of screen time is advised, but preferably divided over at least 2 moments of 30 minutes. When your child has reached the age of 8 to 10 years, a maximum screen time of 1 to 1.5 hours per day applies. And finally, a maximum screen time of 2 hours per day is recommended for children aged 10 to 12 years.

Manage screen time together!

Now that you have insight into the maximum screen time for your child (ren), we come to the next point. Because how do you ensure that your child adheres to this maximum time? With the help of Gametimer it is possible to create awareness about the screen use of children. Start the conversation and manage your child’s daily screen time together. By making appointments and finding a regular routine using Gametimer, children become more aware of their daily screen time. This way you prevent your child from being exposed to screens for too long, on whatever device.

Discover the many benefits of Gametimer for yourself and experience what it can mean for you and your child. Stop the discussion and discuss the daily maximum screen time together. We are happy to tell you how the Gametimer works and we also share 5 useful tips for using the Gametimer. Make agreements together and record them, after which Gametimer will do the rest!