Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

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Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

Henry Hailey, 10, plays the online game Fortnite in the early morning hours in the basement of his Chicago home. His parents are on a quest to limit screen time for him and his brother. The boys say they understand sometimes, but also complain that they get less screen time than their friends.
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Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

Henry Hailey, 10, plays the online game Fortnite in the early morning hours in the basement of his Chicago home. His parents are on a quest to limit screen time for him and his brother. The boys say they understand sometimes, but also complain that they get less screen time than their friends.

Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

Henry Hailey, 10, left, watches videos on YouTube while his mom, Barb Hailey, cooks dinner in Chicago. Screens have invaded the lives of young people on various levels, from social networking to school, making it difficult for parents to limit screen time. How much is too much? Some experts say the focus should instead be on how children are doing in school and functioning in the world, as well as how physically active they are.

Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

Allen Hailey checks his phone while standing in the kitchen of his Chicago home. He and his wife, Barb Hailey, have been on a quest to limit screen time for their two boys. But their boys are quick to point out when their parents are on screens, too.

Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

From left, Barb Hailey eats dinner with her husband Allen and sons Everett, 15, and Henry, 10, in Chicago. Mealtime is a screen-free zone in their household.

Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

Henry Hailey, 10, plays one of the online Fortnite game in the early morning hours in the basement of his Chicago home. His parents are on a quest to limit screen time for him and his brother. The boys say they understand sometimes, but also complain that they get less screen time than their friends.
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