According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the typical child watches an average of 5-6 hours of television a day. Watching too much television is associated with an increased prevalence of overweight and obesity, lower reading scores, and attention problems. The AAP recommends that children under age 2 shouldn't watch any television. For children age 2 and older, the AAP recommends no TV or computer in the room in which the child sleeps, and no more than 2 hours of screen time a day.
Cut recreational screen time to 2 hours or less a day (TV, computers, video games, smartphone, tablets). No screen time for kids under 2.
- Encourage the whole family to decrease screen time to two hours a day or less.
- Enjoy meal time as family time. Turn off the TV during mealtime and limit phone calls or texting.
- Keep the TV, computers, and videos out of the kids' bedrooms.
- Make one day a week a "Turn off the TV Day" in your home and do something else with the kids...read a book or take a walk!