Screen Time

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under age 2 have no screen time, and that kids older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.

Limit the number of TV-watching hours:

  • Stock the room in which you have your TV with plenty of other non-screen entertainment (books, kids' magazines, toys, puzzles, board games, etc.) to encourage kids to do something other than watch the tube.
  • Keep TVs and video games out of kids' bedrooms.
  • Turn off the TV during meals.
  • Don't allow your child to watch TV while doing homework.
  • Treat TV and video games as a privilege that kids need to earn – not a right that they're entitled to. Tell them that TV viewing is allowed only after chores and homework are completed.

Set a good example. Limit your own screen time.

Try a screen free week. Turn off all screens and turn on life! Children who spend LESS TIME watching TV and movies, on computers and playing video games are likely to:

  • Improve behavior
  • Eat healthier
  • Be more physically active
  • Read more
  • Increase creativity
  • Get better grades
  • Be less aggressive

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