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Creating healthy screen time for your children

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TUCSON - If you have growing children and are concerned that they are spending too many hours on their cell phones or computers, according to a recent Harris Poll, you are not alone.  

The survey found nine out of 10 parents, with kids at home, agree that growing technology is having a negative impact on teenagers. 80 percent of those adults also believe social networks are creating an identity crisis among young adults.

Research, included in the study reveals, teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to be at risk of suicide.

So, what can parents do to try and bring their child's screen time to a healthy level? WebMd.com has a few suggestions.

Topping the list, limit the number of hours they use electronic devices. Experts suggest, if your son or daughter has had unlimited access you may have to gradually decrease their screen time, but once you set limits be consistent. Establish polite screen rules, occasions when they aren't allowed to be on their phones or tablets, such as at the dinner table, in a restaurant, or when visitors come over. And be a role model, not a hypocrite, make rules that apply to the entire family and not just them.

For more information on the survey click here

To learn more on reducing your child's screen time click here.

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