There has been much debate about how much screen time is safe for kids.

Screen time includes watching TV programs, films or videos, gaming, and using a computer, tablet, phone or any other screen-based device for viewing, chatting or messaging.

A recent Canadian study that tracked 2,500 toddlers concluded that “letting  a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability.”

The researchers, however, did not provide any guidelines, for children and parents, an appropriate level of screen time and did not recommend a cut-off for children’s screen time overall.

I understand every parent needs to be mindful of limiting screen time for their children in order to safeguard their healthy development.

But it is not only children, we all also need to limit screen time for ourselves to safeguard our physical and mental health and social well being.

In the good old days, it was only the TV screen, that people would get addicted to, watching whatever was shown on various channels.

These days, we have all kinds of screen-based devices, easily accessible and usable that can play havoc with our social life, if we don’t discipline ourselves and limit on our own screen time.

We must give importance to those present around us and limit our screen time, especially in the bedroom, at the dinner table and while driving.