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Screen Time (Cdn Pediatric Soc. & MediaSmarts)

On June1st, the Canadian Pediatric Society posted an article/position statement titled  Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world the purpose of which was “to examines the potential benefits and risks of screen media in children under 5 years old, focusing on developmental, psychosocial and physical health.”

The recommendations include the following:

  • Screen time for children under 2 years old is not recommended.
  • For children 2 to 5 years, limit routine or regular screen time to under 1 hour per day.
  • Ensure that sedentary screen time is not a routine part of child care for children younger than 5 years old.
  • Maintain daily ‘screen-free’ times, especially for family meals and book-sharing.
  • Avoid screens for at least one hour before bedtime, given the potential for melatonin-suppressing effects.

And MediaSmarts posted a tip sheet titled Four Tips for Managing Your Kids Screen Time [pdf] – based on the position statement from the Canadian Pediatric Society . The 4 tips are:

  • Minimize screen use, especially for the youngest children
  • Use screens mindfully, as an activity you choose, rather than as something that is on in the background or that you turn on as a habit
  • Mitigate media effects by curating your children’s media, setting household rules, and co-viewing when possible
  • Model good media use for your kids

Check out the full documents for details.




June 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Summer Slide

It is that time of year we get asked questions about the “summer slide” and best tips for parents and students on keeping the brain active and engaged during July and August.

Here are some freely available Internet resources on this topic:

Want more? TDSB teachers may request articles by contacting the Professional Library at (416) 395-8289 or

And remind your students about the Toronto Public Library about the summer reading club. Kids can track their reading online and find great books and fun stuff to do.


June 2, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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