Smart Screen Time Options
Technology is everywhere these days, and our kids want to be right in the middle of it! But as parents, we have to make sure we make good choices in regards to what they watch or for how long. So how do you find smart screen time options? We’ve put together a few suggestions from our favorite sources.
There are a few groups of doctors and health providers that suggest no screen time for children under the age of two.
I think that is perfectly fine if this is the route you take. Based on my experience with my own children and now my grandchildren, that would be extremely hard to do! But I also think that limits are a good thing, so here are a few smart screen time options to help you decide how much TV or computer time to allow your young children.
- Educational – Let them watch shows that teach them lessons, whether it’s on music, colors, or the alphabet. This way they are learning even though it’s entertainment.
- Variety – Most children shows these days do include a variety of race and nationalities. Chances are, not only are our children seeing people like them on the screen, it’s also exposing them to others who might look or sound different, and at a young age.
- Involvement – Choose programs that actively involve the children, whether it has them clap along, answer a question, or sing along to a new song. Children learn by repetition, so being able to repeat words or actions back to the screen will only enforce the lesson faster!
- Watch Together – Watch some of the programs together! Not only will your child enjoy the time with you, they can also talk with you and clap their hands, or even answer questions as you talk about what’s happening on the show. Plus, you can then relate what they learned to things in real life, like colors or letters they may have learned about.
A favorite television show of some of my children, and now my grandchildren, has to be Teletubbies™! I can still remember a few bits and pieces of the theme song, plus we reference being a “naughty Noo-noo” to this day.
Originally created in 1997, Teletubbies is one of the most successful global children’s brands of all-time. Targeted at young preschool viewers, it has reached over 1 billion children to date. The original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. Debuting on Nick Jr. in May 2016, the new Teletubbies series (60 x 12 min. episodes) stays true to the original series but is designed to captivate todays digital toddlers with updated elements and visual CGI-enhancements. The characters now have Touch-Screen Tummies and techy gadgets like the Tubby Phone smartphone, introducing a contemporary twist for a new generation of preschoolers. The multi award-winning Teletubbies encourages young children to watch television creatively, providing a safe and beneficial viewing experience.
Teletubbies has 4 friends, each a different color and personality, that live, play, and work together in their world. Plus, their bellies have screens so they can show videos to each other and the audience! There are hundreds of episodes to choose from, going back to 1997! They cover a variety of topics and lessons, plus they are cute and funny to watch.
I think the creators of Teletubbies are spot on in addressing the developmental levels of their target audience. Make sure you visit their site for more details on the benefits of Teletubbies for your little ones.
They are releasing a new DVD this month: Teletubbies: Bubbles!
Get ready to sing, dance and splash with the Teletubbies when TELETUBBIES: BUBBLES arrives on DVD June 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Six all-new episodes feature Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they sing, dance, play and of course, eat Tubby Custard! TELETUBBIES: BUBBLES includes two all-new engaging featurettes: In the first, fans can join the Teletubbies as they sing the classic song, Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes; in the second, little ones can learn more about Laa Laa, the sweet, song and dance loving yellow Teletubby! Video Synopsis: The Tubby Custard Machine is making lots and lots of Tubby Custard bubbles! Join the Teletubbies as they chase and pop bubbles, play with a magical music box and dance the energetic Tubby Phone Dance. Contains six new episodes!
For more information on this super cute video as well as activity sheets, visit Sony Pictures. Also make sure to connect with Teletubbies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest announcements and promotions.
Speaking of bubbles, we had so much fun with our bubble wand. You can find the homemade recipe on the movie website or you can purchase ready made bubble liquid at your local retailer.
Now I will admit that the learning curve for using the bubble wand was pretty steep. I am not sure if the adults or the little ones mastered it first…but I am sure that I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.
By the end of the gathering, we had monster bubbles floating around the yard!
This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.