How Screen Time Affects Children

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Since there is a lot less to do these days television, video games, tablets, and phones and computers are becoming a bigger part of our children’s lives. One of the most concerning effects of too much media consumption is an unhealthy weight accompanied by a lack of physical activity- not to mention the unhealthy snacking that too often occurs while viewing screens. Screen time also exposes children to thousands of ads for unhealthy foods. With all of the time spent inactive in front of a screen, what can you do to help your children watch less? Try these simple solutions to helping you and your child cut back on screen time.

Simple Solution to Cutting Back on Screen Time:

  • Remove screens from the bedroom.
  • Plan your screen time- movie night, video game time, social media limits.
  • Set clear limits and be a good role model.
  • Make a list of activities you want to do that do not involve a screen.
  • Instead of having the TV on all the time try the radio or some music for background noise.
  • Beware of what your child is viewing. Discuss the shows, advertising, social media content, and games they see.
  • Encourage drawing reading out loud or alone, signing and outdoor activities instead of using media.

Another great way to entertain your child other than screen time is to let them help you in the kitchen. As a bonus, you will also have an assistant when you are preparing your family meal. Try this delicious oven-fried chicken recipe that is fun to make and eat!

Oven-Fried Chicken


  • 6 chicken legs, skinned
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (whole-wheat if available)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Remove skin from chicken and place in a shallow pan.
  3. Pour milk over chicken. Refrigerate while you prepare the coating.
  4. Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.
  5. Roll the chicken in breadcrumb mixture, coating well.
  6. Place chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes.

*You can use any chicken parts for this recipe. Try boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips to make chicken fingers.

For more information on delicious recipes you and your family can prepare together please contact Sheila Gregory at or via phone 252-232-2261. This information and recipe provided by Eat Smart Move More NC.