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Kids should have limited digital media time, education advocates say

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 18:15:43-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Education advocates at Brain Balance Achievement Centers said the amount of digital media exposure your child has should be limited. 

According to BBAC, 24 percent of parents report putting their child in front of a screen to give themselves a break. 

They said allowing more than 2 hours of screen time per day can cause a child’s brain to shrink and lose volume, potentially causing a brain imbalance.

Operation Breakthrough, an early education center in Kansas City, Missouri limits screen time to just 20 minutes per day. 

"Having that balance is what really insures that kids are developing on track," said Mary Esselman, Operation Breakthrough CEO. 

Spending their days in colorful rooms and doing hands-on activities is what Esselman said helps with that child development. 

"Language development, we're working on cognitive development, we're working on just kids becoming problem solvers and being curious about their environments," said Esselman. 

The study by BBAC also shows too much time spent on a device can make it hard for children to concentrate and make new friends.

Parents who think their child might have a social, behavioral, or learning difficulty can take this online assessment.