Recommendation for Families – Sedentary Behaviours

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Create a family media plan that includes:

  • Setting limits around screen viewing consistent with established guidelines

  • Prioritizing screen-free family time

  • Prioritizing device-free time at home and using “device baskets” (bins for personal mobile devices) as an aid

  • Removing screens from children’s bedrooms

  • Having screen-free family meals

Avoid using screen time as a reward.

Be present and engaged when screens are used, and co-view when possible. Avoid using multiple screens at once (“stacking”).

Break up children’s prolonged sitting with movement whenever possible – at home and during travel.

All family members should be mindful of their own time spent on screens, as this may influence other members’ screen time behaviour.

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ParticipACTION. The Role of the Family in the Physical Activity, Sedentary and Sleep Behaviours of Children and Youth. The 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Toronto: ParticipACTION; 2020. The 2020 Report Card and a summary of its findings (the Highlight Report) are available online at


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