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How Much Screen Time Should My Kid Have?

While young people participate in a number of positive activities online, such as using the Internet for school work (85%), and staying in touch with friends they rarely see in person (82%), there are some downsides too. One of these downsides is spending too much time with technology.

According to studies conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Sesame Workshop, 8-year-olds spend as many hours engaging with various screens as they do in school (clicktotweet), and preschoolers are spending about four hours per day on media—far more than they devote to reading or outdoor play!

But are these trends healthy? Just how much screen time–meaning TV sets, gaming devices, laptops, MP3 players, and tablets–should your kids have?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids two years of age and younger be completely screen-free. All other children should get no more than two hours a day.

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