Pandemic parenting: Choosing educational apps and balancing screen time with remote learning

Mashable 13 Sep 2020 11:00
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Welcome to this installment of our limited run Small Humans advice column! Senior Features Writer Rebecca Ruiz and Director of Special Projects Alex Hazlett will be answering questions about screen time and digital family life during the pandemic. Submit a question at

What is the recommended amount of screen time by age, factoring in Remote Learning? And how much 'free play' screen time should a child have on top of Remote Learning? – Michelle Nix, mom of 2 scheduled for blended learning


This is a great question and one that you're in very good company wrestling with, as truly millions of parents are right there with you. The answer here depends on age and what role screen time was playing in your child's life before remote learning, as well as how much screen time their remote learning entails. 

How can I choose a good educational app from the hundreds out there. Any tips? -Anonymous

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