Many parents struggle with exactly how much screen time is okay for their kids. Is a half-hour show okay but a full-length movie bad? How much gaming should you allow when your kid also uses his computer for homework? Does Wikipedia count as reading? And when does a passion for, say, video games become problematic? The truth is, there is no magic formula. And just as every family differs in what they eat, when they eat and what they like, a healthy media diet is different for every family. The key is making sure that the things that are important to your family are fairly balanced over the long term.
"5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Family Media Diet" is from the January 13, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Caroline Knorr and narrated by Jill Melancon.