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AAP release new screen time guidelines

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TV, Internet, computers and video games all compete for our children's attention.

To keep up with fast-changing technology, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidelines for digital media use by young children.

The guidelines vary by age group.

For children younger than 24 months, experts suggest avoiding any digital media use with the exception of video-chatting. For kids two to five years old, screen time should be limited to one hour per day and parents should watch with their children.

The guidelines also recommend no screen time one hour before bedtime.

For school age children, research shows kids and teens can benefit from media use. Experts said digital media can include new information, expose children to new ideas and social support.

There are negative impacts, though. Researchers said too much screen time could lead to weight gain and loss of sleep. There’s also a risk of exposure to inaccurate or unsafe content.

Experts also said parents and pediatricians have an important role in developing a Family Media Plan.  To learn more, click here

To see a full list of recommendations, click here

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