Limits, schmimits. Though the American Academy of Pediatrics sternly advises parents to limit kids' recreational screen use to no more than two hours per day, it appears that parents are turning a deaf ear. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages eight to 18 spend upwards of seven-and-a-half hours daily using entertainment media. Even parents who do set limits admit that their kids use screens more than they'd like. Who hasn't succumbed to temptation and gratefully allowed kids to zone out in front of a DVD or video game during a long car drive or a boring dentist visit?
So what's the result of all this screen time? Authors and experts say that many tweens run the risk of dangerous screen addictions. I wrote about the trend in Too Much Tech? Tweens and Screen Addictions, for the September issue of ParentMap magazine, and I'll talk about it today on KING 5 Parent to Parent (Channel 6/16).
Tune in at 8:20 a.m. or catch it online at king5.com.