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How To Prevent Screen Addiction In Your Young Children

A pediatrician explains the appropriate limits on kids' interaction with technology.

Recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents to limit the time their young children spend interacting with entertainment media, explaining that youngsters "learn best by interacting with people, not screens." Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at the Boston Children's Hospital, dropped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss how much those limitations really matter. 

"The real emphasis shouldn't be on the taking away of screens," McCarthy told Nancy Redd. "The emphasis should be on interacting with our kids. We know that during those first couple of years, it's those interactions between babies and caregivers that really strengthen the connections in the brain, and when screens get in the way, it can get in the way of those interactions. And that's why the AAP makes those recommendations."

McCarthy has seen the difference in behaviors firsthand as the mother of children whose ages range from 9 to 24. She believes her oldest children were "more resourceful" in entertaining themselves because they grew up with less of a culture dedicated to screen-usage, she said.

Watch the conversation on the importance of human interaction with babies in the video above, and click here for the full conversation on how a parent should monitor their children's media intake.  

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