How Much Is Too Much? Setting a Plan for Kids' Screen Time

How Much Is Too Much? Setting a Plan for Kids' Screen Time

Children and teenagers are immersed in an environment saturated with electronic media, ranging from the TV on the wall to the tablet or smartphone in their hands. Recognizing this, parents need to work with their kids to develop a media use plan for the entire family, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a set of new recommendations. In general, any media use plan must balance healthy activities like exercise, sleep and family time against the use of media devices, said Dr. Megan Moreno, an associate professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children’s. She is the lead author of the AAP’s policy statement on media use in school-aged children and teens.

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