The shocking truth about how much time your kids should be watching TV

The shocking truth about how much time your kids should be watching TV

The amount of time children spend in front of the television varies greatly depending on the household, but most experts think that on average we’re giving them way too much of it. And now they have some guidelines to put forward on exactly how much screen time your child should be getting. Children are consuming […]

The amount of time children spend in front of the television varies greatly depending on the household, but most experts think that on average we’re giving them way too much of it. And now they have some guidelines to put forward on exactly how much screen time your child should be getting.

Children are consuming media at an increasingly early age as technology advances. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for digital media to keep up with those changes, and the recommendations vary significantly by age group – and chances are, your children are currently getting more screen time than they should be.

For children younger than 24 months, there shouldn’t be any digital media use, except for video chatting. As you get closer to hitting the 2 years of age mark, you can start to introduce digital media gently, but avoid allowing the child to use it along, AAP recommends.

Between 2 and 5 years of age, limit screen time to one hour per day of high-quality program, which you should watch with your children so they can help understand how to process it. Don’t use screen time to soothe a child, as they need to learn the ability to self-regulate their emotions.

One they reach 5 years of age, develop your own family guidelines for media use and stick to them. Place limits on how long a child can spend on certain types a day, an encourage an hour of daily physical activity and between eight and 12 hours of sleep.

Have times when digital media devices are shut off, such as during family dinner. Make sure babysitters and caregivers understand these guidelines.

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