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Healthier Me: Limiting Children's Screen Time in the Summer

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Summer break gives kids a lot more freedom than they're used to. Parents often talk to their kids about strangers at the door and what to watch out for when they're out and about, but there could be dangers lurking in your own home.

Kids are now texting, Tweeting, Facebooking.... and Snapchatting, surfing and using all sorts of other social media sites.  It's easy for kids to get too much screen time -- especially when kids are home alone.

Sanford Health pediatrician Dr. Chris Tiongson says parents need to set some ground rules. For good health -- he says a limit of two hours of total screen time should be set. He admits it's harder for parents to monitor kids when they are not in school, but he says Internet filters can help. He says parents may even want to look into using apps that put timers or limits on the amount of time a child can use a device. He says even good kids can find bad things online.

Dr. Chris Tiongson says, "they can be searching for something completely innocent and other things come up." He adds, "parents need to be aware that it may come up accidentally and it could lead them down the wrong path."

And, it's important to note -- predators could be looking specifically for your children. They can use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites to approach kids who are innocently online. Now is a good time to double check privacy settings and make sure kids are aware of giving away too much personal information online. 

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