Screen time resources

General | Ontario


Live 5-2-1-0 – screen time fact sheet

The Live 5-2-1-0 screen time fact sheet provides evidence for the guidelines of no more than two hours of recreational screen time a day, including its implications for youth health and well-being. This resource was developed to help Live 5-2-1-0 partners and stakeholders understand why it is important for families to find a balanced approach to the use of screens.

Media Smarts – digital and media literacy resources

Media Smarts provides a variety of digital and media literacy programs and resources to educators and parents so they can help youth develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with media, and tackle internet safety concerns in a positive way. Resources offered to tackle digital issues cover topics such as cyberbullying, excessive internet use, gambling, online hate, privacy, and sexting.

ParticipACTION – teens and screens

ParticipACTION is a non-profit organization that promotes physical activity amongst Canadians. Resources are featured on a variety of topics such as physical activity, sleep, family and friend relationships. Their teens and screens webpage provides information on parents’ screen time use, its impact on children, and ways to limit screen time. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to access more resources on youth screen time such as tips to reduce kids’ screen time, and a family influence fact sheet.

The World Health Organization (WHO) – excessive screen use and gaming during COVID-19 (Pdf)

The infographic on excess screen use and gaming during the COVID-19 pandemic provides tips to parents, school authorities, health and social care providers, gaming companies, and policy makers on how to increase internet safety and reduce screen time among students.


Public Health Ontario (PHO) – screen time: parental support for child health (Pdf)

The screen time: parental support for child health infographic features the Canadian screen time guidelines, statistics on the proportion of children meeting screen time guidelines, gender differences in screen time, and daily screen time minutes by different technology devices. Simple tips on what can be done to use screen less are provided at the end. 

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