Even though tens of millions of U.S. students are virtually attending classes online, it's still important for parents to manage screen time for their children's health.
San Diego State University Professor Jean Twenge tells PsychCentral.com that managing children's screen time is still vital. Pediatrician Rosemary Stein of the Christian Medical and Dental Association agrees.
"Their wake times are off, their sleep times are off, [and] they're getting sort of broken up sleep," notes Dr. Stein. "They're going to sleep with their cellphones or watching TV, and then they fall asleep exhausted. So all of this takes a toll on children."
Dr. Stein recommends parents sit down with their kids and have a frank discussion.
"Level with them. You say, 'So this is the stuff I'm going to do; I'm going to try to stay off my phone more also. I'm going to give you more eye contact. We're going to sit at the table some more. We're just going to spend some more family time. When we're together, let's play some board games instead [of it] being everybody's on the phone or everybody's watching TV.'"
Dr. Stein recommends cutting back kids' screen time by at least 10 percent a week.