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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Jan;53(1):41-50. doi: 10.1177/0009922813498152. Epub 2013 Aug 5.

Excess screen time in US children: association with family rules and alternative activities.

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  • 11Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA.


We describe the association of screen time in excess of American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations (≤2 h/d) with family television-use policies and regular nonscreen activities among US school-aged children. Data from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health were used. The sum of minutes spent on television, videos, video games, and recreational computer use was calculated for children 6 to 17 years old. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to calculate relative odds of exceeding American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and of heavy screen use (>4 h/d) for varying family media-use policies and frequency of alternative activities (physical activity and family meals). In all, 49% of school-aged children had screen time >2 h/d and 16% had screen time >4 h/d. Lower frequency of family meals, presence of TV in the bedroom, absence of rules about TV viewing, and less physical activity were associated with both >2 and >4 hours per day of screen time.


National Survey of Children’s Health; adolescents; children; media use; physical activity; screen time; sedentary behavior

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