By Laura Perdue, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition
As the school year comes to an end, you’re probably thinking about ways to keep your kids busy and active this summer. According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, youth ages 8–18 spend an average of more than 7½ hours a day, seven days a week, engaging with media, including television, cell phones, computers, and video games. This far exceeds the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to limit media use to no more than one to two hours per day. Instead of using media, kids should be encouraged to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imagination in free play.