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Facts and expert recommendations seem to be at odds, when it comes to screen time for little ones. Kids under 9 spend more than 2 hours a day on screens, according to the CNN report below. While this number is higher than what the American Association of Pediatricians recommends, the expert in the CNN interview is cautious enough to conclude that each household should decide what is appropriate for them. Another recent report (The 2017 Common Sense Census) presents a few interesting findings. The availability of smart devices (phones and tablets) in the households has increased drastically since 2011. As such, these mobile devices are becoming the primary medium for consumption of online content by kids, in lieu of TV. The same report notes, "Contrary to recommendations from pediatricians, many children use media shortly before bedtime, and many families leave the TV on in the background most of the time."
What is the reality in your household? What do you consider the appropriate screen time for your kid(s)?
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