One in four parents allow kids to watch three or more hours of TV

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About 25 per cent of parents who have children aged two to five say their children get three or more hours of entertainment screen time a day, well beyond recommended limits, according to a new poll. In the latest University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health , a little more than 50 per cent of those parents do try to set some limits by location: banning media devices from places like the bedroom or at mealtime.

The poll found that 53 per cent of parents are following recommendations that children’s entertainment screen time be limited by location. Twenty-eight per cent said they use a combination of location and time limits. But 13 per cent said they do not limit entertainment screen time or locations for their young children. The poll was administered in March 2014 and reflects the responses of 560 parents of children 1- to 5-years-old.