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What are practical guidelines for parents who want to make smart choices about screen use for their child?

Dr. Weber discusses practical guidelines for parents who want to make smart choices about screen use for their child. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Parents can feel stuck between doing what’s right for their kids and bending to let their kids play on electronic media.

According to the American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon (AAP), screen time can be beneficial as long as families have guidelines for screen use.

The AAP recommends the following, according to PHN physicians:

  • Children younger than 2: Screen time should be extremely limited. When used for play, it should be in very short amounts of time and with a parent. One benefit to children is occasional use of FaceTime or Skype, which can allow children to communicate with relatives separated by distance. Overall screen time should be limited to no more than one hour a day.
  • Children 2 to 5: Screen time should still have a reasonable limit set by parents. When children do use electronic media, parents should participate.
  • Children 5 and older: Though information and applications on electronic devices can be beneficial for learning, they should not be the only way a child learns. Learning from hands-on play and social experiences has still been found to be more beneficial than media use, which should remain limited. Also, adults need to be involved in monitoring content to make sure it is appropriate. Adults should make a point to teach kids about how to find appropriate, safe, and accurate information when using media as they get older.

For more information about how to regulate screen time with children, talk with your physician.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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