Today's Tip for Families

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Strike a Screen Media Balance

Screen time can be worthwhile, such as when kids research topics or do schoolwork. But it’s important to monitor your child's digital activities. That's because too much recreational screen time on the wrong activities can lead to problems. Students need plenty of time offline to do schoolwork, read, think, be with family and friends, and just relax. With their noses glued to a screen, they don't get enough of these productive activities.

Set recreational screen time limits for your child that cover all forms of digital media. For example, your child might get 14 hours per week of TV, tablet, phone, computer and video game time combined—no more. Then make a list of screen time "house rules." Talk with your child about which digital activities are appropriate—and which aren't. Discuss important ways to stay safe online—such as never giving out personal information. And when your child is using digital media, supervise and participate. Make sure you know what your child is doing and seeing.

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