New guidelines suggest kids use technology too much

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Children are using technology more than they should be at their age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released some regulations to follow.

Children and teens spend between two and eight hours a day using technology, a much higher amount than they should.

New guidelines suggest children younger than two years should not use technology at all, kids between the age of two and five should use it for one hour and those five and older, should have their technology use personalized to learning.

All of the technology is resulting in kids being less active and not burning calories, but that's not the only negative with the overuse.

"These short videos that children get bored with very quickly, they learn very quickly that they don't have to spend a lot of time watching any one thing if they're unsatisfied. They move on with the next thing and that just fosters some decreased concentration in children," Black Hills Pediatrics pediatrician Cara Hamilton said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also came out with an online program which will help you monitor electronic usage.

You can find out more here: www.healthychildren.org/mediauseplan.



 
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