How to Cut Back on Screen Time for Kids

The Cleveland Clinic – Staff Writer

Between cellphones, tablets and TVs – it’s no doubt kids are getting more screen time.

But how does too much screen time impact a child’s health, and what steps can parents take to cut back on it?

“I think it can have a physical impact in a lot of different ways. If kids are watching screen time for a long time, they’ll be more sedentary. They won’t be moving as much, so less physical activity and exercise,” explained Noah Schwartz, MD, with Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “We know that screen time affects sleep in a big way. There have been a lot of studies showing that screen time can affect children’s academics.”

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