Have you ever thought about how much time you personally spend on the internet everyday? Have you considered if it that takes away from time that could be spent interacting with other people or learning a new skill?
Now think about your children’s internet usage. Children in developmental stages need to interact with other children and learn new skills, even more than adults. So the next logical question is should you limit the amount of time that your child is spends on computers, tablets, or smart phones? These recent Time magazine article and CNN report discuss just that. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released new guidelines for media usage for children. Unlimited time using media takes time away from human connection and more importantly developmental interactions. This article breaks down how much time per day three different age groups should be allowed to stare at a screen.
(CNN) Digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
For the new guidelines, the AAP identifies screen time as time spent using digital media for entertainment purposes. Other uses of media, such as online homework, don’t count as screen time.
Infants 18 months and younger: No screen time
Children 2 to 5 years: One hour per day
Children 6 years and older: Limit digital media
Tips for parents for healthy digital media use
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