Teens now spend more than seven hours a day in front of a screen, consuming media— phone, video games, TV and/or computer— according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And not surprisingly, a Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, on average, high school students are spending less than an hour per weekday on sports, exercise and recreation. Spending too much time sitting still in front of a screen can have negative health consequences, such as:
Health experts recommend limiting screen time to less than two hours a day for teens, less than one hour a day for children ages 3 through 12, and no screen time for children under 3. Help your kids find other things to do, and follow these tips as a family for reducing screen time:
As a parent, you have the power to help your teen develop healthier habits, and the most effective way to do this is by setting an example yourself. You can help take charge of your family's screen time by taking charge of your own.
Source: National Institutes of Health