Parents need to monitor childrens' screen time - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Parents need to monitor childrens' screen time

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(KAIT/NBC) -

Pediatricians said one of the biggest concerns from parents these days, is the amount of time they should let their kids spend in front of a screen. 

Fairview Health Pediatrician Dr. Adam Foss said children under 18 months shouldn't have any screen time. It's a suggestion backed up by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Experts also said at 18 to 24 months old it's okay to start introducing screens to kids in small doses. Parents can increase that to about an hour or two of educational programming per day once a child is two to five years old.  After that, Dr. Foss said the recommendations get a bit more complicated. 

"Kids are going to have to do homework on computers, that's just the way of life," said Dr. Foss. 

Dr. Foss said studies now suggest it's not so much the amount of time kids are spending in front of a screen, but how kids are engaging with the content. The Academy states using a screen for school work is different that just staring at a screen. 

The limits on educational use aren't much of a concern, but non-educational use should be limited to about an hour or two a day.  If children are using a screen within two hours of bedtime, he suggests turning down the brightness so they can fall asleep better. 

Many children have plenty of time on their hands with summer vacation. Dr. Foss said this is the time parents should monitor closely to make sure screen time isn't overdone. 

"Really limiting other things such as social media and other forms of media usually to less than one to two hours per day," said Dr. Foss.

Apple recently announced a new feature on its smartphones where users can actually monitor their screen time, in an effort to limit technology addiction. 

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Police searching for gunman in overnight shooting

    Police searching for gunman in overnight shooting

    Friday, August 17 2018 7:46 AM EDT2018-08-17 11:46:41 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 7:49 AM EDT2018-08-17 11:49:44 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    Police are searching for a gunman who shot another man late Thursday night.

    Police are searching for a gunman who shot another man late Thursday night.

  • Solar farm will lead to lower power bills, supporters say

    Solar farm will lead to lower power bills, supporters say

    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:09 PM EDT2018-08-17 02:09:47 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-08-17 02:29:32 GMT
    Craighead Electric partnered with Today's Power to build solar farm. (Source: KAIT-TV)Craighead Electric partnered with Today's Power to build solar farm. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    Craighead Electric partnered with Today's Power to build solar farm. (Source: KAIT-TV)Craighead Electric partnered with Today's Power to build solar farm. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation partnered with Today's Power to build a 1-megawatt solar array.

    Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation partnered with Today's Power to build a 1-megawatt solar array.

  • Report: Nearly 13,000 residents not meeting Medicaid work requirements

    Report: Nearly 13,000 residents not meeting Medicaid work requirements

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:02:33 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-08-17 01:07:33 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The number of people who have not met work requirements under the state's Medicaid law nearly doubled from the same time in June, with officials telling a Little Rock television station that the goal is to continue building on the requirement. 

    The number of people who have not met work requirements under the state's Medicaid law nearly doubled from the same time in June, with officials telling a Little Rock television station that the goal is to continue building on the requirement. 

Powered by Frankly