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Many families enjoy watching a favourite television show or movie together, but it is easy for children to spend too much time alone with a TV, computer, or video game. The more TV kids watch, the more likely they are to eat unhealthy foods. Children see and are influenced by thousands of ads each year, and many are for sugary cereals, snacks, and soda. Too much TV or computer time also hinders reading, schoolwork, and talking with friends and family members.
Cutting back on screen time is very difficult to do, and while you may want to cut back, this may not be a good time for you. If you cannot start now, perhaps you can think about doing it later. Cutting back on screen time does not mean watching nothing at all, but it does mean being careful about what and how much your child watches.
You do not have to decide now. When you are ready to try, your doctor and others can give you information and support to help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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