Majority of kids exceed recommended screen time limit

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:26am

 A new study by the National Center for Health and Statistics indicates at 73 percent of kids ages 12-15 go over the recommended amount of screen time. This study didn't take smart phone internet use into account, so that number could actually be higher.

Screen time is the use of Internet and TV.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the recommended screen time is 2 hours a day.

"Kids when they get home from school the first thing they do is go for the computer, go for the iPad, go for the cell phone...And in the summer I'm sure it's even more," said Kendra Amed, a visitor to El Paso.

She also said it's easy for kids to exceed that recommended limit.

"The study also found that more than 12 percent of kids are spending more than 4 hours a day watching TV or on the computer.

"That's what the world is right now... Internet...there's social media, there's YouTube. There's all of these social media platforms that these kids are constantly on," said Kristina Shin, a Northeast El Paso resident.

Medical experts have linked excessive screen time to health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure,sleep loss, and it's been linked to social issues as well .

"It can be very detrimental to them as a person because it keeps them inside rather than outside and it opens doors to really awful things. It can really open their eyes to things that they aren't ready for yet," Shin said.

So what's the best way for parents to limit screen time?

"They can encourage their kids to go outside, play in the yard," Amed said.

The Mercian Academy of Pediatrics said, don't try to cut screen time drastically. They said it should be compared to food intake and be done in moderation.   

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