Lisa Wilkinson recently made some controversial comments about parents who let their children have ‘screen time’ under the age of five.
Wilkinson called these parents ‘crazy’ and said:
‘Come back to me when they’re 14 and they’re completely and utterly addicted to their screens, they have no social skills, that’s when you realise that what you did early has come back to bite you’.
Many parents have understandably been offended by Wilkinson’s comments.
Not only is the use of digital technology increasingly prevalent and useful in the adult world, but it’s also an important part of school curriculums — even in kindergarten.
And let’s be honest — the interactive and dynamic medium entrances kids, and can give parents some valuable time to get their own things done.
So what is the right amount of screen time for children, if any?
And how do we moderate their usage?