It’s hard to think of a more perfect way to celebrate the season than by sitting on your couch watching a movie.
But for some people, boredom is a sign of health problems, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement urging parents to limit the amount of time they spend glued to screens.
“A lack of sleep and excessive time on screens can lead to a variety of health conditions and impair mental and physical health,” the AAP statement says.
“While parents should not put their children through the chore of watching TV in bed, they should also consider limiting the amount and frequency of time that their children spend in front of a screen during the week, during school hours and during bedtime.”
The AAP recommends parents keep a timer on their television, monitor their children’s social interactions and monitor their use of screens.
It also recommends limiting the number of hours kids spend at home or on the couch during the day, and restricting screen time for kids who have attention deficit disorder.
It says it’s a good idea to make sure kids are on the screen at least once a day, but it also recommends that parents check in with their child if they experience any negative side effects or symptoms.
The AAP says there are a variety other factors that contribute to boredom, including a lack of social interaction and the presence of other children.
“When there are multiple peers who are interacting with your child, this may create a negative interaction that can be problematic for your child,” it says.
The American Academy on Aging says parents should keep their children busy and engage in physical activity, especially when it comes to schoolwork and homework.
The association says it also supports parents who allow their children to go outside and have some time alone.
“Children are not designed to be alone and they’re not designed for a solitary lifestyle,” it said.
“If parents let their children play outside and engage with other children, then this creates a better learning environment.”
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