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Rethinking kids and screen time

Children need interaction to learn. Learning is active; TV is passive. Playing with your friends is active; TV is passive. Discussing things at the dinner table is active; TV is passive.

Digital eye strain worse for multitaskers, survey finds

CHICAGO – It used to be that staring at a computer screen all day was bad for your eyes. Now we interrupt that staring to look at our smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and e-readers, all while keeping an eye on the TV. And that, it seems, is especially bad. Three-quarters of people who use two or more devices simultaneously report symptoms of digital eye strain, compared with just over half of people who use one device at a time, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people that was released last week by the Vision Council, a trade group representing manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry.

House Call: Reducing screen time has host of benefits

When my daughter was 3 years old, she came home from preschool talking about zombies. What bothered me was not that her classmates had taught her a word that I did not want her to learn yet. I was more concerned to discover that her 3- and 4-year-old classmates were watching “Star Wars,” zombie movies and more. I was also upset to find out that many of her friends were spending two or more hours a day watching television or playing video games.