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Tue, May 19 10:00am

Screen time and grandkids

By Joey Keillor, @joeykeillor

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If you have grandchildren, it’s important to understand what’s appropriate — and not — for kids and screens. Technology provides kids opportunities to learn about their world, expand their imaginations and connect positively with friends and family.

The danger comes when kids are allowed too much screen time, which can lead to speech delays, inactivity, obesity and mental health challenges including stress, isolation and depression.There’s also danger in consuming unhealthy content that is violent, overly commercialized, involves bullying or is otherwise negative.

Consider these tips for healthy screen use:

  • Screen time before bed can interfere with sleep, which is why it’s recommended that screens be kept out of bedrooms and put away at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Try to provide a child with the same message from all care providers, and model healthy screen use when you are around them. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that each family craft screen guidelines with a media use plan.
  • Safe and educational content is produced by the Public Broadcasting Service. For other content, check Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that provides parent-focused reviews of games, shows and apps commonly used by children.

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Thank you for the information – it seems obvious to me but I see more and more families, including adults addicted to their phones/media. We must as parents and grandparents serve as a role model for this next generation.

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