In the October issue of AAP News, released this week, the group acknowledged that that prescription was neither realistic nor necessary. "In a world where 'screen time' is becoming simply 'time,' our policies must evolve or become obsolete."
The academy in May convened a two-day symposium where researchers, educators and medical experts met to evaluate data to create an updated and more realistic set of guidelines for parents.
And in the sea of so-called "educational" apps and games out there, parents should put in the time to determine which ones are worthwhile. The academy says Common Sense Media's website offers reviews and guidance for age-appropriate online activities.