The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents monitor and limit children's screen time, and encourage them to consume high quality content (the AAP no longer specifies a set time limit on screen entertainment for kids). U.S. children are clearly in need of some limits: they log an average of eight hours of screen time per day. As The New York Times reports, screen addiction is taking a toll on kids' physical and emotional health, contributing to everything from wrist and neck pain to eye strain and obesity, as well as social isolation, depression, difficulty in school, and increased exposure to violence. Once you see your family's screen use on paper, and consider the impact on your child's well being, you might feel more motivated to make some of the following simple changes.
Model good behavior by sticking with the rules you pledge to uphold as parents! Together, your family can cut back on screen time, make way for moderation and good manners, and enjoy making memories in "real time."