I’m scanning through my Facebook newsfeed during a 25 minute
long episode of Dora in the City when the new AAP recommendations on screen
time catch my eye. The guidelines include revised screen time recommendations for
children ages 6 and up, from two hours a day to no official screen time limit.
Rather, the panel recommends prioritizing homework, physical activity,
extracurricular activities, family meal times, and after all that whatever is left
can be dedicated to screen time. It makes an important distinction between
media for educational use versus entertainment, and encourages families to seek
and find their own balance with technology. Parents, it recommends, are to
assume the role as “media mentor.” Toward this end, the panel made an additional
recommendation specifically geared toward parents and their own technology use,
reminding us to put down devices during meal time and parent child playtimes.