Screen Time

Screen TimeBy Amy Korth, MS, RD, UW-Extension State Specialist

Keeping toddlers entertained can be a full-time job. Screen time can be on educational option for toddlers, but it is important not to go overboard. How much screen time is too much? How can toddlers and parents get the most out of screen time?

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Read the fact sheet:


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