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It’s hard to avoid screens these days. Between television, computers, tablets and cell phones, kids have easy access to hours of entertainment. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of two should not have any screen time, while children older than two should only be in front of a screen for one to two hours a day at most. In reality, the averages are much higher; kids are spending 7 or more hours watching programs/videos, texting and playing games. This can be troubling, especially in younger children, as too much screen time can increase the risks of childhood obesity, poor language development and unhealthy sleep patterns.
Finding a balance between screen time and other activities can seem like a big task. Amanda Britt, MD, a pediatrician at NorthShore, provides some tips for how to make the most out of your child’s digital time so that it is both productive and educational.
NorthShore is a proud sponsor of Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, an educational children’s show on PBS that teaches kids about arts and sciences while featuring some of Chicago’s best museums, zoos and educational resources.
What's your best tip for managing screen time in your home?