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Activities: How Much Time Should Young Kids Spend in Front of a Screen?
Source: ABC News Radio


(NEW YORK) -- For years, doctors have said young children shouldn't have any screen time. Now, a doctor who was instrumental in crafting that recommendation, is changing course.

Dr. Dimitri Christakis of the Seattle Children's Research Institute helped craft guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics, which said children under the age of two shouldn't have any screen time.

Now Dr. Christakis is revising that, recommending kids four months and older play on a touch screen for up to an hour a day.

"So I'm offering what I consider to be my best scientific and theoretical recommendation. It's what I would recommend as a pediatrician and it's what I would do if I were the parent of a young child today," Dr. Christakis said.

Trish Heinrich, a mother of a 14-month-old, disagrees with Dr. Christakis' new recommendation.

"I don't really see the benefit in letting him push a bunch of stuff on the iPad," Heinrich said.

But Margaret Mitchell, mother to a 16-month-old, says the new guideline is good news.

"She needs a little distraction from time to time," Mitchell said.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


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