Screen time has long been a concern for parents since television took central place in families’ lounge rooms.

However, recent coronavirus lockdowns have seen screen time grow exponentially as we not only look to be entertained while stuck at home, but also move to working and learning via screens.

But should this be a concern? Dr Andrew Rochford thinks that increased screen time is not necessarily always a bad thing.

Jodie and Soda spoke with Dr Rochford about what the increase in screen time means for parents.

“All of a sudden we have a worldwide pandemic where we have to do everything on screen time,” Andrew told Jodie and Soda.

Listen to the interview with Dr Andrew Rochford here:

“We have to be doing our medical consultations with our doctor via telehealth. Our kids are educating through screens and I think it kind of reached this point where we were like, ‘hang on a sec, screens are a huge part, an essential part of our lives’.”

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He says that monitoring screen time is less about prescribing specific time limits and more about striking the right balance. Especially in a world grappling with social distancing, which has brought some positives.

“As long as it’s for the right reasons and there is that balance, and it’s not becoming one-sided, it’s led to a lot of healthy things coming back into our world. I know I see more people than I used to just out walking as families, in groups, which I think is a really positive part of it.

“The focus now, especially for kids, but for everyone is more ‘how are they using the screen?’

“I think we all need to relax around exact time limits and start to recognise how it’s impacting them to do with the other things that are important to their development.”