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Turn Off the Screens, Doctors Recommend Limits on Kid's Screen Time

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A recent study found the average eight- to 10-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day with different media and for older kids that number jumps to as many as 11 hours per day.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a list of guidelines designed to help parents manage their children's screen time.

Dr. Richard So of the Cleveland Clinic said "for kids under two you want to have no TV. For older kids you want to limit it."

He recommends two hours or less a day and said when it comes to teens taking their phones into the bedroom at night "take them away."

The AAP recommends parents model an effective media-use plan and become a role-model for their children. Parents should set limits on themselves and their children including mealtime and bedtime curfews for media devices.

Screens should also be kept out of a child's bedroom and screen time should be limited to two hours per day or less.

Some doctors even say a "media time-out" is a good daily practice.

A media time-out means "all cell phones, computers, and tablets are turned off. It should be, maybe a half-hour or an hour after dinner time where even the TV is turned off and you just talk to each other as families."

The complete list of guidelines is available online in the journal "Pediatrics."

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