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Old Today, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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You should start a separate thread for this as you will get more answers there. I would certainly be concerned about the little one since doctors recommend no screen time at all for children this young.

Since you share a house with the dad, can you talk to him and offer some caregiving for the child? What is your relationship to the dad? You say the dad is bipolar. Is he taking meds for that? He may not be able to interact well with his son? Where is the mom in all this?
Great questions. My grandchildren (3 and 5) do not have any TV screen time (no TV in the house) and 15 to 20 minutes (usually an educational video) before bed. They also can use iPads during long car or airplane rides.

IMHO, too much screen time means less book time, less fine motor time, less social interaction time, less independent play time, less learning basic skills time, less gross motor/play outside time, less language/talking/sharing time, etc. That can cause many problems for a young child.
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Old Today, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Before bed is the worst time for screens.
Stop 30 minutes prior to bed.

Adults, too.
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Old Today, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Before bed is the worst time for screens.
Stop 30 minutes prior to bed.

Adults, too.
I completely agree, but as the mother/MIL I am limited in how many parenting suggestions/advice that I make (if any). My point was more that the 3 and 5 year old are limited to 15 to 20 minutes of screen time (computers and TV) per day (except for special situations, like on an airplane) and not when the screen time happened.
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Old Today, 07:59 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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If children are allowed to use screens before bed, there should be a blue-light blocker installed on the device. Research is showing bad effects on children's sleep due to exposure to blue light.
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Old Today, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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We were only allowed limited screen time. There was no argument. Limited time or NO time... your call.
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