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The digital age has made questions of and battles over screen time more prevalent than ever before. TV, interactive video games and the internet can be excellent sources of education and entertainment for children, but too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects. It’s important for parents to help their children find balance between online and ‘in real life’ worlds.

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Definitions: 5th graders were asked, "How much time do you spend on a school day watching TV, playing games, or on the internet?"

Data Source: Delaware School Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware 

Footnotes: Since 1995, the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware has administered an annual survey to public school students about alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th and 11th grade public school student in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and Prevention Block Grant funding. It has become a valuable tool in assessing trends of questions on school behavior, health habits and parental interaction. In recent years, the study has shown an increased interest in safety, parental involvement, educational needs and healthy lifestyles.