Parent Handbook

Screen Time

Noah’s Ark School understands that TV and other screen time can get in the way of playtime, physical activity, and interactions with others, which all contribute to learning and healthy physical/social development. Children must be protected from marketing and product advertising.
Screen time includes the use of television, tablets, smart phones, videos, computers, and video games during school. Because we care about the health and well being of the children in our charge, we follow best practice recommendations regarding screen time:

  • Children under 2 should have no screen time
  • Children age 2 and over should watch less than 1 hour per week at childcare. Less is best.

Therefore, we will restrict screen time by adhering to the following guidelines:
- We allow a maximum of 1 hour per week of educational, age appropriate, skill-building or imaginative screen time.
- We do not allow television or movies to be left on as background noise.
- We do not have television or movies playing during mealtimes.
- We do not offer screen time as a reward.

We ask also that Noah’s Ark School community parents carefully consider the amount of exposure to screen time permitted in the home. At home, screen time is a sedentary activity with few benefits. Too much screen time has been linked to obesity. The more TV a child watches, the greater his or her risk of becoming overweight. Having a TV in a child’s bedroom also increases this risk. Children can also develop an appetite for junk food promoted in TV commercials as well as overeat while watching television. The more TV children watch, the more likely they are to have trouble falling asleep or to have an irregular sleep schedule. Sleep loss in turn can lead to fatigue and increased snacking. Excessive screen time leaves less time for active, creative play which is so important for developing young minds.