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

More and more children are sitting in front of a screen too often and for too long. Examples include watching television, playing games on the smartphone and watching YouTube videos via the iPad. Do you think your child spends too much time behind a screen? And are you curious about the guidelines for the number of minutes your child should be looking at a screen at his or her age? In this article we tell you more about the maximum screen time for children per age in minutes. In doing so, we give you guidelines for the maximum time in minutes that your child is on.

How long is a child’s maximum screen time?

Whether it’s gaming on the Nintendo Switch, or watching a video on the laptop, children are quickly over the maximum recommended screen time in a day. There are no official rules for children’s screen time, but there are guidelines you can use in this regard. 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, are you wondering how much screen time your child can have daily? We have the answer for you!

Here’s the maximum screen time for children by age:

0 to 2 years: a maximum of 5 minutes per day
2 to 4 years: maximum 30 minutes per day
4 to 6 years: a maximum of 1 hour per day (spread over 4 times)
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 being exposed to screens at an increasingly younger age. In fact, babies and toddlers today are growing up in a digital world and thus are exposed to televisions, smartphones, iPads and more at a younger and younger age. But as a parent, how can you best deal with this? For babies, they should be exposed to screens as little as possible, with a maximum screen time of 5 minutes per day. For 2-, 3- and 4-year-old toddlers, they should spend up to a maximum of 30 minutes a day in front of a screen. Note that the emphasis here is on maximum, because with young children it is advisable to allow them as little contact with screens as possible. We also recommend keeping screen time as low as possible, especially for toddlers up to age 4.

Maximum screen time for children (up to 12 years)

It is not only with infants and toddlers that it is important to monitor screen time. Even when children reach the age of 4 or older, it is essential to have insight into how long they look at a screen daily. For children aged 4 to 6 years old, the maximum screen time is one hour, preferably divided into at least four 15-minute moments. Is your child in the age of 6 to 8 years old? Even then, a maximum of one hour of screen time is advised, but preferably spread over at least two 30-minute periods. When your child has reached the age of 8 to 10, the maximum screen time is 1 to 1.5 hours per day. And finally, for children ages 10 to 12, a maximum screen time of 2 hours per day is advised.

Manage screen time together!

Now that you have an understanding of the maximum screen time for your child(ren), we come to the next point. Because how do you make sure your child sticks to this maximum time? Using Gametimer, it is possible to create awareness about children’s screen use. Start the conversation and manage your child’s daily screen time together from now on. By making appointments and finding a fixed 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 now for yourself the many benefits of Gametimer and experience what it can do for you and your child. Stop the discussion and start talking together about daily maximum screen time. We would like to tell you how the Gametimer works and we also share 5 handy tips for using the Gametimer. Make agreements together and record them, then Gametimer will do the rest!