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How does excessive screen time affect my child?

Excessive screen time can make it hard for your child to sleep at night; raise your child's risk of attention problems, anxiety and depression; and raise your child's risk of gaining too much weight. Sitting and watching a screen is time that is not spent being physically or mentally active. TV commercials and other screen ads can lead to unhealthy food choices. Most of the time, the foods in ads that are aimed at kids are high in sugar, salt or fats. Children eat more when they are watching TV, especially if they see ads for food.

Computers can help kids with their schoolwork. But surfing the Internet, spending too much time on Facebook, or watching too many YouTube videos is considered unhealthy screen time. Even "good screen time" should be limited as it takes away from better use of your child's time.

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