Stop Obsessing Over Your Kids’ Screen Time

Stop Obsessing Over Your Kids’ Screen Time

If you're like me, you've come to terms with the fact that your kids spend too much time watching TV or the iPad. Sometimes, it's the only way a mom can get anything done, with "anything" ranging from work, making dinner, or a taking a quick shower.

The American Association of Pediatrics has always advised limiting screen time to no more than two hours per day for kids over age two. As the Washington Post reports, the organization has recently changed its thinking on the subject—and now admits that some online media exposure can be beneficial.

For kids six and older, the newspaper notes, "Instead of offering specific limits on digital media, the guidelines call for 'consistent' limits that are up to individual families and advises parents to develop a media plan that fits their lifestyle. The message is one of striking a healthy balance between using media, sleep, physical activity, socializing with friends and other activities."

Stricter guidelines remain for children younger than six: To wit, the AAP says kids under 18 months can video conference with grandparents, family, and friends, but that's it.

To see the new screen-time guidelines for kids aged from infant to teen, visit The Washington Post.


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