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