The prevalence of childhood myopia (short sightedness) in Singapore is among the highest in the world. 65% of our children are myopic by Primary 6.
Recommendations for Healthy Screen Usage
Not all screen time is bad! In the digital age, almost all learning and social interaction involves a screen. The key lies in achieving balance! Below are some tips on how to ensure healthy screen usage.
Screen time can be described as the
number of hours per day spent viewing TV/video, computer, electronic games, handheld devices or other visual devices.
Screen use in modern timesIn the age of home-based learning, screens are pervasive in our childrens’ lives. Screen use expectations need to be calibrated to account for this. Our recommendations are focused on control of recreational screen time outside the classroom.
Future considerationsWhile this leaflet provides recommendations for screen use in children up to age 6, it is important to
continue to ensure proper oversight of screen use as your child enters primary school.For example, limit recreational screen time to <2 hours per day.
Suggestions & AlternativesAgree within the family and other caregivers what your child's
maximum daily screen time should be and stick to it.
Explain to your child about your screen time limit and what consequences there would be if the limit is exceeded.
Expose your child to a
variety of activities, both digital and non-digital (e.g. board games, arts & craft).Play
cooperative games with your child to teach teamwork skills, while also having some fun familybonding time.
watch videos/shows with your child and
discuss lessons learnt.Set a good example amongst the adults in the household. Limit your own screen time, especially when interacting with your child. Avoid watching or playing violent and other inappropriate content while children are present.