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If you and your family are often glued to your screens, you are not alone.
Since the start of the pandemic, most of us have been spending more time in front of screens — whether we are watching our favorite TV series, working from home, surfing the internet or on social media. Our children are in the same boat, many spending hours watching TV or online gaming.
A number of surveys, polls and studies have found we are spending more time in front of a screen. For example, children’s channels such as Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon have reported seeing “viewing increases by as much as 60 percent in one week,” according to an article in the New York Times.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long supported limiting the amount of time children spend using electronic devices, watching television or playing video games. In light of the pandemic, the AAP recognized children would be spending more time online or in front of a screen.
And though the AAP did not offer any new guidance on how much time children should spend in front of a screen given the new realities they face with remote learning and connecting with friends virtually, the organization did urge parents to “preserve offline experiences.”
Here are some tips to help your family step away from screens:
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