FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) The American Heart Association is out with a new warning: your kids are spending way too much time in front of a screen.
They're urging parents to limit how often kids and teens use their phones, tablets, or video games.
If you've had a kid at home all summer you know how hard that can be.
But you’re not the only ones wondering and having to change how you handle it due to the new nature of digital media and technology -- it’s all around us.
So what can families do to strike a healthy balance? Dr. Jean Moorjani, pediatrician at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, gives four tips for managing technology use:
• Do more than set limits. Parents need to be able to know exactly what their child can see on a device and control the content as much as possible.
• Not all screen time is bad. There’s a difference between a child watching something on a device versus interacting with it.
• Set up media-free zones in your house. Make a rule that in certain places, or at certain times, there can be no devices whatsoever.
• Don’t leave kids to their own devices. Sign your kids up to play sports, go to camps or do volunteer work to allow time away from their electronics.