Care­ful, you’ll go cross-eyed!

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Video games have been shown to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for chil­dren like tight­en­ing hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, but that doesn’t mean we want our chil­dren glued to the TV all sum­mer long—or worse, veg­e­tat­ing in the com­ments sec­tion of YouTube. When it comes to screen time, mod­er­a­tion is key. Stud­ies show that ex­ces­sive screen time can lead to sleep dis­or­ders, obe­sity, and at­ten­tion deficit. Check out th­ese tan­gi­ble tips to help your chil­dren cut down while still al­low­ing them to have some fun.

Set up screen free zones— that means no com­put­ers, tablets, or video games in your chil­dren’s bed­rooms.

Limit quan­tity. Re­mem­ber the bit about mod­er­a­tion? Set a rea­son­able limit of 1 to 2 hours of screen and in­ter­net time for chil­dren and teens.

Turn it off for din­ner! Your evening meal is im­por­tant fam­ily time, and celebs or talk­ing car­toon an­i­mals have no place in­trud­ing. Source: Na­tional Heart, Lung, and Blood In­sti­tute We’ve all taken our phones out dur­ing din­ner or sent a quick text(s) when we should have been lis­ten­ing to our real-life con­ver­sa­tion coun­ter­part; we’ve checked the weather dur­ing a movie at the the­ater; we’ve up­loaded that gor­geous snap of our pic­nic food to In­sta­gram when we should be fo­cus­ing on the beauty of na­ture all around us.

If things have got­ten out of hand, pack up the fam­ily for a va­ca­tion to Green Bank, West Vir­ginia—Wi-Fi and cell phones are il­le­gal there. It’s not that they’re anti-tech­nol­ogy, though. Green Bank is ac­tu­ally quite high-tech. The quaint town is home to the world’s premier high­fre­quency tele­scope which is used for lis­ten­ing to galax­ies ex­plode at the edge of the uni­verse. The sounds are so faint, ra­dio fre­quency emis­sions from Face­book chats and Google queries sim­ply drown them out. While Green Bank in­hab­i­tants live sans Wi-Fi, we learn more and more about how the Milky Way was formed.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in be­ing “con­nected” with­out re­ally con­nect­ing.

Source: Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics

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