The same doctors we turn to when it comes to keeping our babies healthy now say an unhealthy habit could be leading our children into dangerous territory.
For the first time in a decade: The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its guidelines regarding young people and the use of media, saying parents should place a 2-hour time limit a day on their son or daughter's smartphone use of what they call "passive screen time" -- playing video games, watching youtube or movies -- and tweeting or checking out facebook.
The study's author says the eight hours young people currently spend on passive screen time is way too much. "That's more time that they spend in school and more time in school and more time that they spend on any other activity but sleeping, so yeah, there needs to be a more reasonable number than eight hours a day," said Tom Orrock, a family therapist.
Easier said than done -- Orrock recommends once homework is done, then it's time to negotiate. "Get your homework done then you can be on your phone or online or gaming between that time and dinner," he said.
And speaking of dinner -- Orrock says make that quality family time -- away from social media. "It's almost to the point now where some families don't even know how to talk to each other when they do have time together just because it seems foreign to them to be sitting with each other looking at each other," he said.
For more on the Academy of Pediatrics study click here.
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