Screen Time for American Kids, How Much is Too Much?
School is back, but the truth is children are more likely to be looking at a screen than a book. Did you know that the average 8 - 10 year old American looks at a screen for about six hours a day? The American Academy of Pediatrics is weighing in, saying babies age 18 - 24 months should spend no more than 30 - 60 minutes a day, with a parent. Children age 2 - 5 can use their screens for about an hour, with a parent.Those 6 and over can spend time alone with their screens, but for no more than 1 - 2 hours a day. This tool from HealthyChildren.org can help you and your family devise a media plan that will be good for you and your children.