This weeks healthy habits checklist item involves screen time. While the television and video games may be an easy way for mom or dad to keep the kids busy so they can get things done around the house, it is only recommended for young children to get no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of screen time at home. It is also recommended for babies and toddlers under 2 years old to have no screen time at all, as it may interfere with learning, as well as healthy social and physical development.
A few tips for when kids do spend time in front of the television or video games:
- Avoid watching while eating
- Make it "quality programming"
- Communicate with other parents to find and share ideas about quality educational shows and DVD's.
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*Information provided by http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/