June 24, 2014-- Now that school has been out for a couple of weeks, your kids may be getting used to all of their free time. If they're spending that time playing video games, or in front of a computer or television, you may be looking for ways to get them to decrease their screen time and get outside. Doctors say to reach that goal parents must set ground rules.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids spend no more than two hours a day on cell phones, computers, video games, or tablets. Iowa State University researchers recently found parents who monitor their child's total screen time have children who sleep more, do better in school, and behaves less aggressively.
The key is not only setting the rules, but enforcing them, which may mean parents having to go the extra mile.
You may even want to teach your kids some of the games you played as a kid, back when there were no electronic devices to get in the way.