How much time do your kids spend in front of a screen (television, computer, phone, etc.) ?
In a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, they have given a guideline for what they consider to be a healthy amount of screen time for kids. In their report, they have speculated that moderate amounts of screen time each day can help with social and educational development from a young age. The important thing to remember, is that the content of such programming should be appropriate for the age group.
While the social taboo, of kids being on tablets and phones in public places while their parents are nearby, is slowly in decline, the new report has helped to reinforce the ideologies that modern parenting includes. While the AAP is still to release the exact guidelines around timing, they have three key messages that they want to send to parents.\
1. Parenting has not changed: The same parenting rules apply to your children’s real and virtual environments. Play with them. Set limits; kids need and expect them.
2. Content matters: The quality of content is more important than the platform or time spent with media.
3. It’s OK for your teen to be online: Online relationships are integral to adolescent development. Social media can support identity formation.
In their previous report, they had said that kids should be limited to two hours per day, and for children under the age of two years old, the recommendation was zero.
How much screen time should kids be getting, in order to help with their development into adults?
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