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Myth 7: Texting is Not Screen Time

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 7: Texting is Not Screen Time

Tally up the time spent at the computer, video games, TV and phone. Aim for two hours or less of screen time per day.There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: Texting is not screen time.

Truth: Any activity that involves looking at a screen counts as screen time.

Texting is screen time. Screen time is any activity that involves an electronic screen. Watching television, using a tablet, iPod, or iPad, and playing video games are all screen time activity.

Challenge yourself to see how much time you are spending behind the glowing light of a screen. Tally up the time spent at the computer, video games, TV and phone. Then, strive for two hours or less per day.

Parental Advice

  • If you have a child who is into video games, consider exer-gaming electronics. Try an Xbox 360 Kinect and buy games that promote total body movement.
  • Encourage your child to earn screen time. For each minute they play outside, they earn a minute of "screen time."
  • If you have a piece of exercise equipment, put it in front of the TV. Set a rule that if TV is being watched, you need to be active. For example, walk on the treadmill, ride the exercise bike, or bounce on an exercise ball while watching a 30-minute TV show.
  • Stay in-tune to what your children are watching and watch TV with them.
  • Lead by example. Challenge yourself to come up with physical activities for the whole family.