Set rules, stay connected as your child navigates social media



RICHARD LAZAROFF, Special to the Jewish Light

The number of hours we all spend using social media is creeping upward, and the pandemic has accentuated this trend. Managing how best to address this with children and adolescents in the home is a complex but necessary task for parents.

It is easiest with very young children. Under age 18 months: No screen time except for video chatting with a relative. Kids under 5 should spend no more than an hour, with that hour consisting of high-quality programming with a parent present to assist in understanding what they are watching and how it relates to the world around them.