More screen time damaging children’s cognitive skills and eyesight, AAP says

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “infants, toddlers and preschoolers are growing up in environments saturated with traditional and new technologies; creating hope for interactive media in young children, accompanied by fears about their overuse during an important period of brain development.” 

A pediatrician-powered website that gives advice to parents is offering a template for creating a family media plan in order to be aware of media use and achieve quality time. 

The application, available through a American Academy of Pediatrics-sponsored site,, also offers a media time calculator to help monitor how much usage occurs. 

Parents can enter their family’s information – which will remain confidential – to create a personalized family media use plan. 

Click here to create yours and see how your family’s daily media use or “screen time” affects or enhances your daily life. 

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