The answer to this depends largely on the age of the child. For children below the age of three, there should be no screen time. For those aged three to six, no more than an hour a day in sessions of no more than 20 minutes at a time. For children aged six to nine, no more than two hours a day in sessions of no more than 30 minutes.
Many of our devices have functions that allow you to track screen time and even automatically lock the device when the screen time limit is reached
Remember these are guidelines. If there is a day when your child has more than this, you should not be overly concerned.
Screens should never be used during meal times. With our younger children, this has a host of negative effects, including impairing social skills, increasing childhood obesity and hindering fine motor skills that directly impact later literacy skills.
Finally, screens should not be used with children during the hour before bed. The blue light emitted, as well asthe rapidly moving images, can have a negative impact on sleep routines and make it harder for children to sleep.