Kids and Screen Time

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America’s pediatricians have some new recommendations on kids and screen time, and they’re not messing around.

According to Yahoo Shine, the American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should limit their children’s screen time to less than two hours per day, and they say that kids under two shouldn’t spend ANY time in front a screen.

The AAP also recommends that all Internet devices — including smartphones — be banned from a young person’s bedroom.

Dr. Victor Strasburger is one of the lead authors of the new policy statement.  He says, “A lot of parents are clueless about how much media their kids are using and where they are online.They may know where they are physically, but not electronically. We’re saying they should know where they are in all ways.”

Strasburger warns that allowing late-night bedroom texting, tweeting, and Facebooking is a surefire way for parents to lose their control.

He says, “Cell phones should go night-night in a basket in the kitchen at ten o’clock at night.”

The AAP doesn’t suggest specific time limits for texting and social media, but they do recommend that parents establish “reasonable but firm rules.”

They base their recommendations on a wide range of recent findings—including evidence that the average eight to ten year-old spends nearly eight hours a day immersed in some type of media.  Older kids spend up to eleven hours per day looking at some type of screen.

To learn more about the pediatrician’s recommendations on kids and media use, go to aap.org

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