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Reducing Kids' TV Time: What Works?

Children's Screen Time Study: Perspective continued...

Parents often tell Christakis they depend on television or other screen time activity to take a break and get tasks done, such as making dinner.

He suggests figuring out exactly how much time you need, then picking a high-quality program for the kids to watch.

"If you need 30 minutes to make dinner, find a high-quality 30-minute program," he says."Don't put in the 90-minute feature-length movie your kids have seen many times."

Parents who want their kids to watch less TV should watch less themselves, Birken says.

In a previous study, she found that children's screen time reflects parents' screen time.

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