Pediatricians: Limit Kids’ Texting and Internet Surfing

Health & Family

Parents need to limit kids’ screen time to only two hours a day, according to a new policy released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The new report says that more kids are tweeting, texting, surfing the Internet, and keeping laptops in their bedrooms, and that usage is linked to behavior like cyberbullying.

The AAP has long advised parents to keep TVs out of kids’ bedrooms, but the new policy states that kids’ smartphone and laptop use should also be limited to only two hours a day. The recommendations are published today in the medical journal Pediatrics, and was presented at the AAP’s annual National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

The researchers say that kids are now watching online television and chatting with one another late at night, which can include viewing and sending sexually explicit images. According to the new policy, the AAP is concerned that not enough families…

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