We all do what we need to as parents to survive. But, some simple changes and intentionality in our daily routines of how we utilize media can decrease a few of the negative effects of screen time on our kids.
In this resource guide, you will find:
How Much Screen Time?
Get the most up to date screen time recommendations by age by the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmologists & Strabismus and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Eye Effects of Devices
Learn the basics of how of screen time affects the ocular health of your child. From myopia (nearsightedness) to computer vision syndrome and dry eyes, it's all in this guide.
Family Media Plan
Screens are here to stay and completing this family media plan along with your child will allow you to create the agreements together, a powerful way to achieve success though purpose and intentionality. This fillable Family Media Plan allows you to customize the rules for media for each child in your home.
Nothing creates accountability for your child (and yourself!) then completing the plan, signing and posting it in a communal place in your house.
I'm a pediatric ophthalmologist, but I'm also a mom to 3 kids. And, I understand. The desire to keep your children's eyes safe and healthy balanced with the need to get a few minutes of peace! There have been many times when I've given my kids more device time than I care to admit just so that I can get work done. The fact that we're even thinking about these things make us good parents. So, give yourself grace and institute small changes in your family routine so that you can get the benefits of digital media and devices while maintaining the safety of your children's vision.
Did you know there are evidence based non-surgical ways to prevent your child's nearsightedness from worsening each year? This is a self paced online course for parents interested in the treatment strategies and lifestyle modifications to ensure the best vision possible for their child. Physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs and pharmacists can reflect and earn 4 hours CME.