How to limit your child’s screen time with digital apps
By limiting your child’s screen time, you can help protect their developing eyesight and encourage them to find a balance between technology and the world outside of the screen.
Use this cheat sheet to limit kids' screen time — from YouTube and Snapchat to Xbox One and more.
Talk to your kids about screen time
It’s important for your child to understand why too much screen time can be harmful to their eyes, attitude and lifestyle. So be sure to talk to them about screen limits and why they are a good thing!
Do note that even though cutting back on screen time may help reduce the risk of myopia, there is no guarantee that your child will not develop nearsightedness. The condition is common and depends on more than just technology use.
Make sure you monitor your child’s eye health with a comprehensive eye exam every year and get them the right vision correction when needed.
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Page published on Thursday, February 10, 2022
Page updated on Wednesday, June 22, 2022