Key Takeaway Points
Children average 2 hours and 15 minutes of screen time each day with 45 minutes spent on handheld devices. We recommend they have 0 screen time, but if they do, it should be no more than 1 hour in total each day.
Children need unstructured play and simple toys to learn. A screen becomes a sedative when it is used to “keep them busy.”
A study that compared screen time play to outdoor play found that children who engaged in outdoor play were better equipped to express their feelings and follow directions than those who engaged in screen time play.
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