How to Set Healthy Screen Time Limits
Guilty parents, take note: The American Academy of Pediatrics is revising its screen-time guidelines for babies and children. It hasn’t adopted strict new time limits as much as suggesting that what children watch is more important than how much time they spend on gaming, iPods and learning tablets.
Finding the right technology for the right age can actually help kids with brain development, academic readiness and social skills. The AAP’s “Beyond ‘turn it off’: How to advise families on media use” recommends interactive games and apps over passive “brain drains,” and still urges parents to put limits on their kids’ virtual worlds.
Read more about healthy screen time choices here.
Instead of haggling over standards, perhaps it’s more helpful to brainstorm about healthy ways that make the most of children’s and teen’s screen experiences.