Your pediatrician wants you to unplug the kids - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Your pediatrician wants you to unplug the kids

Dr. John Hutton, a Cincinnati Children's pediatrician and bookstore owner, says parents should set limits on TV time.

School’s out for the summer, and pediatricians at Cincinnati Children’s say this is a good time set limits on your kids’ TV time.

Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s and the owner of blue manatee children’s bookstore and decafé, is one of a growing number of doctors encouraging families to unplug. His prescription? Spend time together. Read together. Play together. Those may sound like simple ideas, he says, but they get overlooked in a plugged-in society.

The result of too much “screen time” is that pediatricians are seeing ill effects: obesity, sleep and behavioral problems, poor academic performance, fragmentation of the family and decreased social skills.

Hutton, author of a book series called “Baby Unplugged,” says setting limits for your kids can make for a healthier childhood.

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Tanya Leach

About the Author: Tanya Leach

Tanya Bricking Leach is a writer and video producer at Cincinnati Children's and a former newspaper reporter who has covered crime for The Cincinnati Enquirer, sports for USA Today, island life for The Honolulu Advertiser, food for The Associated Press and stories about storms and surfers for the New York Times. Tanya is the author of the military-themed travel guide "Hawaii for Heroes." She is married to a military veteran and is the mother of two young boys. When she's not wired in at work, she enjoys unplugging with her family on their sailboat.

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