October 29th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents To Set Limits On Tablets, Tvs, Phones

More and more parents are coming to rely on gadgets to keep their kids busy, kind of like an electronic baby-sitter.

But what effect could all that screen time and distraction have on kids?  The American Academy of Pediatricians believes it could be significant and are revising recommendations based on how much media kids are consuming,

CNN Digital Correspondent & Editor-at-Large Kelly Wallace breaks it down.

“They say no Internet, no TV, in the bedroom. They say try to limit your kids’ use of smart phones and laptops, anything, to just about two hours a day—that excludes online homework. They say no screens for babies under two years old. They also say that families should set a media curfew,” Wallace says. “And they should try to monitor the media their kids are using. And also be involved.”

CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains that doctors are saying pediatricians need to get involved as well and ask parents about their kids’ media use at checkups.

“Because kids, when they spend a lot of times on screens, they can get overweight, they can start developing problems at school because they've spent so much time online doing other things. They can develop attention problems because they're used to everything going like this,” Cohen says.

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