Recommended Screen Time for Your Kids

How much screen time should your children have may now depend on their age and family dynamics.

FOX’s Alex Hein reports on the recent changes in this “Housecall for Health”:

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its long-standing recommendation regarding the amount of screen time children should have per day. While it once issued a general limit to two hours per day, the group now suggests each family devise a plan that accounts for the health, education and entertainment needs of the child and the rest of the family.

It recommends parents prioritize unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers, but also recognize possible educational value that media can offer children beginning around 18 months of age. The group cautioned media introduced at this age must be high-quality programming and that too much can harm quality of sleep.

The policy also says to avoid any screen media except for video chatting for children younger than 18 months and that children between 18 and 24 months only be exposed to high-quality program. Children ages two to five years should be limited to one hour of screen time per day.

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