How to manage children’s screen time

A family media plan can help parents ensure their children aren’t spending too much time staring at screens. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Devices are everywhere in the digital age. The Statista Research Department said that a 2020 survey found the average American has access to more than 10 connected devices in his or her household. Though adults may be capable of governing their screen time, children may not be so disciplined. Devices can be valuable learning tools for young students, but the American Academy of Pediatrics said that excessive media use can put children at risk of obesity, lost sleep, addiction and violence, so parents should emphasize balance and moderation as they negotiate their children’s device usage. Helping parents establish and maintain that balance, the AAP developed its Family Media Plan, which parents can use to customize guidelines on screen time in their households. A family me
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