Lack of Family Time: Excessive screen time limits communication and bonding. It is estimated that parents spend only 38.5 minutes each day in meaningful conversations with their child.
Poor School Performance: Ten or more hours, per week, spent viewing television has been show to have a negagtive effect on a child's academic achievement.
Unneccessary Exposure to Violence: By the age of 18 the number of violent acts viewed by American children on television is 200,000. This number does not include violence in movies and video games (Source; TV - Turnoff Network, 2006).
Here are some tips to get on the right track and to start making positive changes:
Limit Screen Time - Plan a schedule with your child for certain days and times when they are permitted to have media usage.
Know What Your Child is Viewing - Make sure that you know what your child is watching and that's its appropriate.
Set Family Time that Requires No Media - Have a night where the family plays a board game or have dinner together.
Encourage More Outdoor Activities - Children should be active and participating in outdoor games is a great way for a child to interact with others.