Are My Kids Watching Too Much TV?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.screen time, media and kids, Television, entertainment, TV, more likely to be obese, aggressive, 1-2 hours of TV or video per day, shows, nonviolent, educational, lazy, watching TV, video games, gaming, wii, x-box, xbox, playstation, too much television, online, smartphone11/27/200309/09/201909/09/2019KidsHealth Medical Experts4bb2ef6c-a15a-439a-87e9-b7bcad4c5688https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/how-much-tv.html/<p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Television and other </span><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tv-affects-child.html/" style="font-size: 1em;">media use</a><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;(such as playing video games and spending non-school-related time on&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">computers, tablets, and smartphones) can be a source of learning and entertainment. But too much screen time can take away from other activities, such as sleeping, exercising, playing with friends, and doing homework.</span></p> <p>Studies have shown that kids who watch too much TV are more likely to be <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/overweight-obesity.html/">overweight</a> &mdash; and, depending on the content of what they see, more aggressive. Excess TV viewing also has been linked to poor grades, sleep problems, and behavior problems.</p> <p>The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these guidelines for screen time:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/screentime-baby-todd.html/">Babies and toddlers</a> up to 18 months old:</strong> No screen time, with the exception of video-chatting with family and friends.</li> <li><strong>Toddlers 18 months to 24 months:</strong> Some screen time with a parent or caregiver.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/screentime-preschool.html/">Preschoolers</a>:</strong> No more than 1 hour a day of educational programming, together with a parent or other caregiver who can help them understand what they're seeing.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/screentime-bigkids.html/">Kids</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/screentime-teens.html/">teens</a> 5 to 18 years:</strong> Parents should place consistent limits on screen time, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being physically active.</li> </ul>
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Screen Time Guidelines for Babies and ToddlersNot sure how much screen time is appropriate for your baby or toddler? Get advice here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/screentime-baby-todd.html/cdc8856a-b0b5-4247-8ec5-24c8da6537e9
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