Keys for Kids

Parent Minute

Screen time—what’s too much?

Posted on 12/24/2016 by Greg Yoder

$929. That’s how much the average family is going to be spending on Christmas presents this year.1 Much of that money is going to be spent on mobile devices like tablets, iPhones, and more. You might be a parent buying one of these things. Have you figured out how long you’re going to let your child be on these devices? Let’s face it—it can be addicting. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, here’s how long your child should spend on a mobile device.2 18 months and under: no time, unless it’s video chatting. 18-24 months: limited use with you. 2-5 years: an hour a day. And 6 and older: two hours a day. Make sure you have media-free zones, too, like dinner and bedtime. And lead by example.

1“2017 Christmas Gift Spending Plans Close in on $1,000,”

2“American Academy Of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use,”

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