Medical Director of Child Wellness for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie M. Walsh, MD shares her best advice for kids and screen time.
What is a healthy amount of screen time for kids?
Per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children over 2 should not have more than two hours of screen time a day. As a parent, I know that’s tough in today’s technology-driven world, so reduce it as much as you can – every little bit helps.
How often should kids take breaks when they’re using technology?
For every 30 minutes of screen time, get 30 minutes of play. If that sounds too challenging, try 15 minutes of play after every hour of screen time and work up to 30/30.
What creative ways can parents help kids include other activities in their days?
My number one suggestion is for dinner to be a screen-free zone (Mom and Dad’s phones included!) so families can talk. We also recommend parents remove screens from kids’ bedrooms. For older kids, encourage them to give their brain a break by moving – consider dancing to their favorite songs, shooting hoops or practicing some fun yoga poses.