Making Sense of Screen Time: Is It Really So Bad for Our Kids?

Making Sense of Screen Time: Is It Really So Bad for Our Kids?

It’s been drilled into our heads that allowing our kids to watch too much television or play apps and games will rot their growing brains. Over and over we’ve heard from various experts that screen time overload keeps kids from necessary active or outdoor play, limits human interactions that are critical to proper development, and exposes kids to violence and content that is too mature for them to properly process. While there’s truth in all of this—families are wise to heed the American Academy of Pediatrics’ [https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/pages/media-and-children.aspx] recommendation to limit kids’ screen time to no more than two hours per day— it’s also important to recognize the educational and developmental benefits that kids can glean from technology, including better hand-eye coordination, school readiness and boosts to cognitive development.

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