Almost three-quarters of parents misjudge how much time their preschoolers spend on smartphones and tablets, according to a new study.
Parents may find this study’s results reassuring, particularly now, during the current stay-at-home days of the coronavirus pandemic, when children’s screen time and social media use has skyrocketed.
The AAP’s recommendations are strictest for younger children: No screen exposure before age 18 months, and no more than an hour for children aged 1 to 5 years.
Americans in the study averaged more than 300 minutes — or 5 hours — of free time per day.
An international team of researchers analyzed 58 studies involving more than 480,000 children and teens aged 4 to 18.
The study also found that spending time in front of a screen before bedtime had no effect on young people’s well-being.
Researchers describe the findings as “startling.”
The AHA urges parents to limit the recreational screen time of children and teens to no more than one to two hours per day.