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Kids Are Spending More Time on Screens, Now What?

Kids are heavily affected by lockdowns across the world. With families encouraged to stay at home and not go somewhere else, unless it is an emergency, kids have nowhere to go, and they normally spend their day just looking at screens.

Television, apps, video games, video calls, social media, virtual playdates, and online classes. These are the methods of entertainment, communication, and education these days. The trend toward technology makes sense: with progress comes more tech, but, for years, pediatricians and mental health providers have warned against too much “screen time.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under two should avoid screens except for video chatting and that children ages two to five should be limited to one hour of “high quality programming” a day. That would be two episodes of “Sesame Street,” or up to six single episodes of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” episodes. Older kids can have up to two hours a day.

With parents having limited options, how should they deal with their kids having more screen time than pediatricians recommend? Pediatricians advise that parents monitor the content that their kids consume, ensuring that the content is meaningful.

More details about this over at JSTOR Daily.

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