- Children who spend less time with screens:
• Do better in school (37, 39)
• Have more time for creative play and interacting with caring adults (14, 36, 39, 41, 42)
• Spend more time with their families (14, 39, 42)
• Fall asleep faster (39)
• Sleep longer (33, 34, 6)
• Eat better (11, 25, 40, 43)
• Get more exercise (21, 37)
- Digital features (in e-books) can interfere with story understanding. (15, 17, 30, 38)
- Kids who use screens at night have more sleep problems. (18)
- Keep screens out of bedrooms. (1, 10, 20)
- Screen-free, family meals encourage healthy eating. (16, 45)
- Kids learn screen-time habits from parents and caregivers. (7)
- TV, digital games, and the internet can be habit-forming. (9, 12, 13, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, 44)
- Content matters: Even a little exposure to fast-paced, violent, sexualized, or commercialized games and programs can be harmful. (2, 4, 5, 8, 23, 27, 28, 32, 35)
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding screens for children under 2 and no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time a day for older kids. (3)
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