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IDPH - Question of the Week

The average preschooler spends between 10 and 12 hours watching television every week.

False

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time

for children under 2 years of age and less than two hours per day for

older children; however, according to the Nielson Company which

measures television viewing data, preschool children spend 32 hours

a week with screen media.

May 4-10 is Screen Free Week, an annual event that asks participants to take a look at the amount of time they spend in front of the TV, computer, or other devices with screens and consider ways to rely less on screens for entertainment.

Screen time can be habit-forming: the more time children engage with screens, the harder time they have turning them off as they become older children.Including when they’re multitasking, 8- to 18-year-olds consume an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes of screen media per day-an increase of 2.5 hours in just 10 years. For older children and adolescents, excessive screen time is linked to increased psychological difficulties that include hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, difficulties with peers and poor school performance.

Click here to learn more about Screen Free Week, including special events planned for the week.

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