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  • The amount of time that little kids spend with small screens has skyrocketed in the last five years.

  • As an education reporter and a mom, I wanted to know: How much screen time is too much?

  • I talked to dozens of experts, and surveyed over 500 families, and came up with three simple rules.

  • And yes, they're inspired by food writer Michael Pollan.

  • Enjoy screens, not too much, mostly together.

  • Rule number one, enjoy screens.

  • Whether you want your kid to be great at the arts, design, business, or science, they'll need tech skills too.

  • That means using devices as tools for creation, discovery and connection.

  • Children learn by playing.

  • Why not invite them to go beyond passive viewing by sending emojis to Grandma, or trying out a coding language like ScratchJr.

  • Rule number two, not too much.

  • Too much screen time contributes to poor sleep, obesity and the risk of negative mental, social and emotional outcomes.

  • Tips for cutting back include: Shut down screens well before bedtime.

  • The blue light keeps people awake.

  • Don't swipe while you eat.

  • That includes you, too, parents!

  • Mindless eating with a side dish of media can drive up the risk of obesity, and it crowds out family time.

  • Don't let screens trap your kid indoors.

  • They need to get outside and play, every day.

  • Rule number three, mostly together.

  • It can be easy to treat a screen as a babysitter, but kids often need help understanding what they see.

  • Talk with your kids about what they're watching or doing online, ask them to show you the latest app or game, or put on a music video and dance together.

  • There's no one-size-fits-all approach to screen time, but these three little rules should help your kids, and you, maintain a healthy balance.

  • Anya Kamenetz, NPR News, New York.

The amount of time that little kids spend with small screens has skyrocketed in the last five years.

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