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Television and other media use (such as playing video games and spending non-school-related time on computers, tablets, and smartphones) can be a source of learning and entertainment. But too much screen time can take away from other activities, such as sleeping, exercising, playing with friends, and doing homework.
Studies have shown that kids who watch too much TV are more likely to be overweight — and, depending on the content of what they see, more aggressive. Excess TV viewing also has been linked to poor grades, sleep problems, and behavior problems.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these guidelines for screen time:
Technology can be part of a healthy childhood, but it’s important for parents to track their kids’ screen time and set limits.
TV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment, but too much plugged-in time can have unhealthy side effects.
Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.
You love your video games, but how much is too much? Find out in this article for kids.
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.
As terrible and frightening as incidents of school violence are, they are rare. But it’s natural for kids to worry. Here’s how to help them deal with these fears.
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.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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