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Kids, screens and parental guilt: Time to loosen up?

October 20, 2017 - 3:42 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Parents of small children have long been told about the perils of "screen time." And with more screens, and new technologies such as Amazon's Alexa speaker, the message is getting louder.

And while plenty of parents are feeling guilty about it, some experts say it might be time to relax a little.

Jen Bjorem, a pediatric speech pathologist in Leawood, Kansas, said that while it's "quite unrealistic" for many families to totally do away with screen time, balance is key.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group focused on kids' use of media and technology, says kids aged 8 and under average about 2 hours and 19 minutes with screens every day at home. That's up from an hour and a half in 2013, when smartphones were not yet ubiquitous.

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