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Cut children’s screen time to less than two hours a day, US pediatricians say

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6573 (Published 30 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6573
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Pediatricians should ask about how much time children are spending watching television, surfing online, and engaging in other screen time activities; encourage parents to limit their children’s screen time to less than one or two hours a day; and examine their own media habits, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new policy statement.1

The academy cited a 2004 study that found that pediatricians who watch more television were more likely to view recommendations to limit children’s screen time as unrealistic.2

Although the academy says in the statement that it recognizes the positive effects …

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