Dec 01, 2014 11:45 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Let’s face it. Some days it’s easier to park the kids in front of the TV or an i-device while we get things done. But hold on. Time quickly adds up.

On average, kids ages 8 to 18 spend five to seven hours a day in front of TVs, computers, video games and other electronic devices.

“Too much screen time has been linked to obesity, low reading scores and attention problems,” says Cindy Gellner, MD, a pediatrician at University of Utah Health. It can also increase risk for sleep problems, anxiety and depression.

But how much is too much? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children and teens to two hours max each day. Children younger than 4 should avoid screen time altogether. Download this form to help your children track their screen time. Parents, make sure you set a good example by limiting your screen time, too.

“Help your kids turn off screens, and turn on other activities, such as playing outside, reading or playing games,” says Gellner. She provides additional tips for managing your children’s screen time on this episode of the The Scope.

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