As winter weather keeps more young people indoors, pediatricians recommend limiting the time children spend staring at tablets, smart phones, game consoles and television. One suggestion is for parents to designate technology-free times such as family dinners and overnight in their bedrooms.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children age 18 months to 5 years have an hour of quality programming a day with parents involved. Older children should have consistent limits on the types of media and time spent, making sure that screen time doesn’t infringe on physical activity or sleep. Board games, cards games, arts and crafts are great options when its simply too cold to spend some time outdoors.