Transcript for How to get your kids away from the screen and back to school
As children get ready to go back to school, the question, how do you get them off the screens. It's a struggle even the YouTube CEO is facing this morning. We saw this story in "The new York Times". A lot of parents are going to be listening. You can imagine these conversations are happening right now. This is a tough transition, especially with back to school, moving the kids from freedom of summer to the structure of school, but there are ways to minimize screen time and keep your sanity. Reporter: It's a battle so prevalent even the head of YouTube, CEO Susan wa jis ski says she's having with her kids. Too much screen time. In a new interview telling the u.k.'s "Guardian" newspaper saying I have times when I take away all my kids' phones, especially on a family vacation, because I want people to interact with each other. It comes back to balance. New York mom Megan can relate. She says she can't get her kids away from screens, and they're just weeks away from starting school. It does have to be structured very differently during the school year mainly because there's no wiggle room. Reporter: Even though it's been a long summer of video games and smartphones, her kids don't want to put the screens away. They really don't understand when I do say no, so that's when the outrage and the whining comes in. Reporter: According to the American association of pediatrics, children 2 to 5 years old should only be on screen for one hour a day, while children 6 and older should have limits on what kind of media they should use to make room for sleep and physical activity. During the school year, it's important that children stay focused on their studies. It's best not to go in just cold Turkey. Our job now is to take a child's screen time as they have it right now and get it down to that quota by the beginning of the school year. And that solution boils down to consistent ski and communication with your kids. Pediatricians recommend setting limits with children 6 and older, watching programs together. One great tip here, make a plan together how much screen time are you going to be consuming. When would the kids like reminders that that screen time is almost up. So five minute, ten minute reminders, negotiate that. Consistency is important. I'm curious, one of the recommendations that you had mentioned is designating a screen-free time. That's what the CEO of YouTube says she does with her own kids, vacations, dinner time. These are times that are screen free and think about it, what you're doing with your own screen, they are modelling that behavior. Your baby girl is five months old and she notices when your phone is out. She watches. She notices. Let's get outside to Ginger, a muggy morning out
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