curbi for Pre-Schoolers

Pre-schoolers developmentally are starting to be more ready for independence, however they can easily misjudge their ability.  There is an increasing curiosity at this age around their own bodies and other people's.  Most pre-schoolers will have a concept of time and at this age their concentration will be increasing.  Their ability to limit set and manage their feelings is still developing at this age and they will need help in this area.  The recommended amount of screen time for children aged 2 to 5 years of age is a maximum of one hour per day.  This includes time spent watching TV, or using any other screen such as the computer. 

At this age, it is important that parents spend time with their children on a computer together.  The advantages of children using a computer at this age, is that children can learn and be creative.  There are lots of educational and fun games available for children in this age bracket.  Using the computer helps with a child’s digital literacy.

Sitting down and discussing with your pre-schooler what they think is appropriate screen use is important. It is essential that you do not leave the decision making re screen use up to your pre-schooler. Reducing temptation and limiting the amount of choice is helpful in avoiding conflict. Simple, clear instructions at this age do work best. Positive feedback is also important regarding their screen use. Structure and consistency does help your pre-schooler feel safe. The modelling of healthy screen time by parents is also essential at this age. Therefore, putting limits and boundaries around parent’s own use will be observed by your pre-schooler. The habits and discussions you develop with your pre-schooler are good scaffolding for future discussions.

Pre-schoolers can benefit from a tool like curbi which provides useful boundaries and limits around internet and screen usage.  curbi should always be introduced to the child as a way of helping them with appropriate levels of usage, rather than as a punitive tool intended to punish them for a misdemeanour.



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Raising Children Network. The Australian Parenting Network.


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