FILE - In this July 29, 1980, file photo, Greg Berman, 12, of Santa Barbara, Calif., sits at computer console at California Computer Camp near Santa Barbara. (AP Photo/Hyman, File)
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When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology.What hasn't changed, though, is a general parental dread of what kids are doing out of sight.A 1961 Stanford University study on 6,000 children, 2,000 parents and 100 teachers found that more than half of the kids studied watched "adult" programs such as Westerns, crime shows and shows that featured "emotional problems".That eventually led the American Academy of Pediatrics to adopt, in 1984, its first recommendation that parents limit their kids' exposure to technology.Then, in 1999, it issued its now-infamous edict that kids under 2 should not watch any TV at all. From the moment the games emerged as a cultural force in the early 1980s, parents fretted about the way kids could lose themselves in games as simple and repetitive as "Pac-Man," "Asteroids" and "Space Invaders".This time, some experts were more sympathetic to kids.
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