Healthcast: Screen time for children

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WHDH) — A new study said parents who share technology with their children can strengthen their relationship.

The new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics encourage parents to be “media mentors” with their children.

“Play the games together with your kids, look at social media together with your kids, watch the news together with your kids if that’s what you want to do,” said Dr. Jenny Radesky from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.

Previously, the AAP suggested children keep media from children under the age of 2. Now, they said there is evidence that toddlers as young as 18 months old could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, with help from their parents. The AAP does recommend that overly stimulating technology be kept from children that young, as too much could just distract them.

The AAP encourages limiting media to one hour a day for children 6 years old and younger. After that parents, should set limits according to their family rules.

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