Your pediatrician wants you to unplug the kids
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.