How much screen time is healthy for kids? Parents who are unsure of the answer can turn to a new set of guidelines put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The new recommendations outline how much time kids – ranging from infants to adolescents – can spend watching TV and engaging with other media that involves using a screen.
“Families should proactively think about their children’s media use and talk with children about it, because too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time during the day to play, study, talk or sleep,” Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician at the University of Michigan and a co-author of the new recommendations, said in a statement.
Screen time for children younger than 18 months should be avoided, except in the case of video chatting, according to the recommendations, which were published today in the journal Pediatrics.
The parents of children ages 2 to 5 years should limit kids’ screen time to 1 hour per day, according to the recommendations
For kids ages 6 years and older, parents should place consistent limits on how much screen time they are allowed per day.
The new recommendations are a reminder that parents should be very selective about the types of apps and programs that they allow their children to use, said Dr. Minu George, the chief of general pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, New York, who was not involved in the new recommendations.
Parents should seriously take this into consideration.