When it comes to lazy summer days, there’s the old-fashioned, Norman Rockwell scene: jump ropes, hopscotch, bicycles and lemonade stands.
And then there’s modern reality: televisions, computers and video games.
It’s no secret that today’s children spend shocking amounts of time looking at screens – more than seven hours a day, according to a January 2010 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
That can lead to a higher incidents of childhood obesity, more aggressive behavior and academic deficiencies. Most experts agree it’s worthwhile, if not crucial, to limit children’s screen time.
Here are some strategies:
“Children will always gravitate toward the modeled behaviors of their parents,” Becker writes. “If they see you reading a book, they are more likely to read. And if they see you watching television, so will they.”Set specific limits.