Kids & Screen Time in Tennessee

Oct. 5, 2017

kids and screen time over state of tennessee

The long-term effects of screen time on kids are still unknown. Here’s what we do know.

The more kids use digital media, the less physically active they are — even in preschool.

Devices have a purpose, but the long-term effects of screen time are still unknown.

Here’s what we do know.

1 in 3 Tennessee kids watches 3+ hours of TV daily
7 hours how much time kids ages 8-18 in the U.S. spend in front of screens every day
67% of teens in the U.S. have their own smartphone
26% of Tennessee kids 12-17 use devices 4+ hours per day — excluding schoolwork
20% of children in the U.S. used a handheld device every day by 18 months
For each hour watched, kids consume 167 extra calories
Screen time can disrupt sleep patterns, increase inactivity, and decrease concentration in kids and young adults
More screen time for toddlers correlates to delays in expressive speech
82% of Tennessee households have a computer
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screens except for supervised video chat for children under 2

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