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TV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment for kids. But too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects.
That’s why it’s wise to monitor and limit the time your kids spend playing video games, watching TV, and using the Internet.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued these guidelines for screen time:
Kids should have a wide variety of free-time activities, like spending time with friends and playing sports, which can help develop a healthy body and mind.
Here are some practical ways to make kids’ screen time more productive:
Talk to kids about what they see on screens, and share your own beliefs and values. If something you don’t approve of appears on the screen, turn off the screen and use the opportunity to talk with your child.
Here are some suggestions:
Before kids or teens hit “enter,” make sure they know the rules when it comes to oversharing, teasing, posting personal info, and other online don’ts.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. Here are some suggestions on what to do if online bullying has become part of your child’s life.
The virtual world is full of opportunities to interact with people around the world. It’s also a place where nothing is temporary. Here are some tips for safeguarding your online identity.
You’ve heard the warnings about texting and driving, but it’s also risky to text and walk. Read our tips for safe texting.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Sending and receiving messages late at night can disrupt your sleep and leave you tired and unfocused when it’s time for school.
You love your video games, but how much is too much? Find out in this article for kids.
Online, just like in the real world, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! Here’s how kids can stay safe on the Internet.
Using technology to bully is a problem that’s on the rise. The good news is awareness of how to prevent cyberbullying is growing even faster. See our tips on what to do.
Whether it’s protecting yourself from hackers or cyberbullies, these tips for teens will help you navigate the digital world safely.
Technology can be part of a healthy childhood, but it’s important for parents to track their kids’ screen time and set limits.
Sexting could haunt a teen for the rest of his or her life. Here’s what parents need to know.
The Internet is a wonderful resource, but access to it has its hazards for kids. Here’s how to make sure your kids go online safely.
News from the TV, radio, and the Internet is often educational. But when stories are about violence or other disturbing topics, parents can find it hard to explain to kids. Here are some guidelines.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your baby or toddler? Get advice here.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your preschooler? Get advice here.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your big kid? Get advice here.
Not sure how much screen time is appropriate for your teen? Get advice here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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