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Technology Safety

There are many benefits to using technology, but there are also challenges when it comes to giving your children access to it. For instance, how much screen time is too much? Or how young is too young?

While there are many ways your kids can use and enjoy the Internet, computers, television, video games and cell phones, the most important thing to remember is to monitor their screen time and be aware of what they're viewing and doing. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests no more than one to two hours of total "screen" time per day for children over the age of 2.

Setting rules is a good way to let your children know what your expectations are from the beginning. Posting the rules by the computer or TV is a great reminder to everyone and will help you enforce them. n's is excited to offer a series of programs to help strengthen families in our community. We know that a child's overall health depends on how secure they feel.

TV and video games

Watching too much TV or playing too many video games can have a harmful effect on you and your child. Violence, sexual content and inappropriate language are just a few of the concerns.

Too much TV is strongly linked to obesity because kids are sitting still and tend to snack during this time. They also see commercials that promote fast food and unhealthy, highly processed convenience foods which can lead them to want those foods more.

Did you know? The average American child will witness 200,000 violent acts on television by age 18. Because of this, kids can be desensitized to violence and more prone to aggression.

Cell phones

Cell phones have made life more convenient and help us stay connected to our families and friends. Nearly every adult has one and now our kids are asking for their own phones at very young ages. Every child is different and it's your job to decide when yours is ready for the responsibility of having one. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making this decision:

Internet and computer use

It's hard to imagine what we did before we had computers and the Internet. Many of us work on a computer all day and then come home and use one to stay in touch with friends and family, research information, play games and even shop. But as with any technology, there are pitfalls.

These tools can also open us up to those who try to take advantage or simply cause problems. Unfortunately, our kids are easy targets, so it's vital we teach and watch over them when they use a computer.

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