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Screen Time Guidelines


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their screen time guidelines for kids. Dr. Wendy Bernatavicius, Interim Division Chief of General Pediatrics, states that the updated guidelines replace the previous belief that children under 2 years of age avoid all screens, and those over 2 limit screen time to no more than 2 hours per day. She recommends that children:

  • Less than 18 months: No screen time, with the exception of video chatting (Skype, FaceTime) with long-distance relative to foster these relationships.
  • 18-24 months: Screen exposure should only take place with active participation from parents.
  • 2-5 years: Limit screen time to 1 hour of educational programming (PBS Kids or Sesame Workshop) with active participation from parents.
  • 6 years and older: No specific time limit, but families are encouraged to use a new online planning tool to structure media time around essential activities including at least 1 hour of exercise, 8-12 hours of sleep depending on age and interactive family time.

Read the article from USA Today.

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