Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tips for Cutting Your Kids' Screen Time

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tips for Cutting Your Kids' Screen Time

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Tips for cutting your kids' screen time

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TORONTO - Canadian caregivers and health experts are closely watching new U.S. guidelines on how much screen time children should have.

The Canadian Paediatric Society won't update its guidelines until next year, but in the meantime offers up these tips for managing youngsters' exposure to TVs, computers, gaming devices, smartphones and tablets:

-- Create limits: Avoid screen time before the age of two and encourage good media habits from the start. The sooner you create limits, the easier they will be to maintain.

-- Look at your own habits: How much time do you spend behind a screen each day? Your child learns from your behaviour, so it might be time for a change.

-- It's all about balance: Encourage a balance between screen time and other activities like sports, hobbies and outdoor play. …

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