Why You Should Limit Your Child’s Screen Time

American children spend on average almost 2.5 hours a day in front of a screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that young children get no more than one hour a day (premium access required) of screen time.

A child in front of a screen is missing opportunities to practice interpersonal, communication and motor skills, which may interfere with optimal development in these areas.

Children who spend more hours in front of a screen show worse progress on key developmental outcomes such as problem solving, social interaction and communication skills. More screen time is also associated with other negative outcomes in children, including obesity, depressive symptoms, impaired quality of life, rule breaking behaviors, and social problems.

In other words- limiting your child's screen time can make a significant difference in their development, health and wellbeing.

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Iris M. Steine, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher