FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, file photo, a child plays with an iPad in his bedroom. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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Parents of small children have long been hearing about the perils of "screen time".Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group focused on kids' use of media and technology, said in a report Thursday that kids aged 8 and under average 2 hours and 19 minutes with screens every day at home. That's about the same as in 2011, though it's up from an hour and a half in 2013 – the last time the survey was conducted – when smartphones were not ubiquitous but TV watching was on the decline.While the overall numbers have held steady in recent years, kids are shifting to mobile devices and other new technologies, just as their parents are. In fact, the Common Sense survey found that kids whose parents have higher incomes and education spend "substantially less time" with screens than other children.For more than a quarter century, the American Academy of Pediatrics held that kids under 2 should not be exposed to screens at all, and older kids should have strict limits. Of course, some kids will play with these carefully crafted, Pinterest-worthy bins only for a few minutes.
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