Before you watch this video, think about this question: When you were a kid, what did you do for fun? For me it was play games outside with the other kids on the block and running around in the big field next door.
Parents need to set limits on children’s screen time and not just allow hours of time on technology because it’s what children want. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports limiting screen time and media use for children and adolescents.
Kaiser Permanente recommends limiting screen time to less than 2 hours a day for teens, less than 1 hour a day for children ages 3 through 12, and no screen time for children under 3.
Kaiser explains: “Alot of kids spend more time in front of a screen than they do reading, talking with family and friends, or playing outside. It’s also affecting their health. Too much screen time is associated with: violent behavior, poor school performance, lower reading scores, sleep pattern disturbances, being overweight, consumption of junk food and bad habits later in life (like tobacco and alcohol abuse).”
Thanks to Nature Valley Canada for this thoughtful video.