New study shows toddlers need to cut back on screen time

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A recent study from JAMA Network Pediatrics shows toddlers who get too much screen time on phones, computers, and TVs will not properly develop during critical childhood development times. 

Life Strategies Counselor, Bill Catus, said toddlers could lose the ability to develop motor skills and communication skills.

“Because the biggest problem researchers see is that the radiation that comes from the screen is affecting the child’s brain,” Catus explained.

Catus warned parents that too much time staring at a screen could lead to motor skill development mishap. He said to always monitor how much time a toddler spends staring at a screen. 

“You’re not going to be able to totally eliminate it. But I think it’s just to set times for when they can look at it. Like set maybe thirty minutes in the evening for when they can look at it,” Catus said.

Catus also advised parents to take more time to spend with their children and even give them time outside on a beautiful day. 

“I think as parents, if they spent any time with their children, the children won’t have to spend as much time with these devices,” Catus said.

With technology continuing to grow and evolve, Catus said he thinks screen time with young children will potentially continue to grow, too. 

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