How much television can my children watch if I want them to be healthy?

Children should not spend more than two hours a day using any electronic entertainment, including computer games, TV or the internet.

Try to keep TV time and meal times separate and avoid having a TV in bedrooms.

Get active outside instead:

  • Walk the dog
  • Walk to a local park and play on the equipment
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Get a skipping rope
  • Buy some chalk and play hopscotch
  • Play cricket, football, soccer, basketball, or netball
  • Kick or throw a ball around
  • Play tag

It is worth noting that even on a school day, your child may not meet the physical activity requirements. So after school hours, ensure that they have an opportunity to be active.

For more ideas or information on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle contact an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).