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Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet


TV, interactive video games, and the Internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment for kids. But too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects.

That's why it's wise to monitor and limit the time your kids spend playing video games, watching TV, and using the Internet.

What's Recommended?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued these guidelines for screen time:

Kids should have a wide variety of free-time activities, like spending time with friends and playing sports, which can help develop a healthy body and mind.

Screen Time

Here are some practical ways to make kids' screen time more productive:

Talking Is Important

Talk to kids about what they see on screens, and share your own beliefs and values. If something you don't approve of appears on the screen, turn off the screen and use the opportunity to talk with your child.

Here are some suggestions:

Video and Interactive Computer Games

Internet Safety

Date reviewed: December 2016


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