Screen Time and your Kids – How Much Is Too Much?

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Screen Time and Kids – How Much Is Too Much?

In office visits I ask routinely about “screen time” at home. Screen time encompasses any watching of a screen — television, video games, movies, iPad use and the like. I am frequently blown away by the staggering number of hours our children spend in front of a screen.

Screen time has been shown to cause behavioral problems

The official recommendation by the Canadian Pediatric Society for all screen time is two hours per day for children over the age of two years. Children under two years should watch no TV, though many children are watching far more than this on a daily basis.

Why the restriction? Screen-time has been shown to cause behavioral problems including inattention, poor sleep and obesity. Symptoms of ADHD in children are actually more prevalent after an episode of screen-time! Physical development in children is so important, and if a child is watching TV they aren’t exercising or playing outside.

I am frequently blown away by the staggering number of hours our children spend in front of a screen.

Screen time has been shown to cause behavioral problems including inattention, poor sleep and obesity.

Symptoms of ADHD in children are actually more prevalent after an episode of screen time! Physical development in children is so important, and if a child is watching TV they aren’t exercising or playing outside.. 

… continue reading my full article on screen-time

Dr Dina Kulik, Kids Health Blog - screen time

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Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

About Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

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