Did you know that the average child
under age 5
watches about two hours of TV a day?
It's time to turn off the
(And that includes computers and video games, too.)
The more time kids spend in front of a screen, the less they
actively play. This becomes a bad habit, leading to obesity, sleep
problems, and a lack in attention span. That's why the American
Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under
age 2 and less than two hours of quality programming a day for
Teach Good TV Habits
- Limit the number of TVs in your house, and keep TVs and
computers out of your child's bedroom.
- Turn off the TV during meals.
- Make a new house rule: no sitting still during TV
- Preview a program before letting your child watch it to make
sure it's appropriate.
- Ask your child care provider to limit how often the TV is
- Set a good example by limiting the amount of time you spend in
front of a TV or computer.