Health Tip: Monitor Your Child's TV Watching

Set limits on time, acceptable programs

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(HealthDay News) -- Too much time in front of the TV can lead to aggressive behavior and a tendency to engage in risky, unhealthy activities, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Parents should set rules around TV watching, including limiting time to no more than one hour or two hours each day, and never while doing homework. Carefully choose shows that your child is allowed to watch, and watch the shows with your child when you can.

Try to avoid watching shows that may convey stereotypes or inappropriate messages for children, the AAP says. Also look for educational, appropriate videos made to help children learn, grow, and develop mentally.

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