May 16, 2019

Effects of excess screen time for kids

By Karl Oestreich

by Talia Milavetz

Pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center Dr. Angela Mattke said there are signs indicating a child has had too much screen time. "If you're seeing concerns with the way your child is growing and wondering are they getting enough social interaction with their peers? In teenagers, we can see too much screen time or digital use being associated with depression. Certainly, with four or five hours a day, we do see a higher association with depression," said Dr. Mattke. She said it’s important to set guidelines, and that recommended screen time varies by age. Children under two years old don’t need any screen time, and those between two and five should have an hour or less.  When kids get older, things start to change.

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Context: Angela Mattke, M.D. is a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center and editor of a new Mayo Clinic book, Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child, helps parents navigate many of the twists and turns of parenting by offering a trusted guide to raising children during the preschool and elementary school years. You can read more about the guide on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Kelley Luckstein

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