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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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