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Good Question: Should parents worry about screen time?

Brennan Somers
Created: August 24, 2020 05:26 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — This Monday, our Good Question covers local students and their computers.

Here's the question from Patty: With all this online learning, what about the effects on the eyesight of these kids? They are already addicted to their phones. I've worked on computers my whole life and my eyesight has hindered because of it.

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With kids spending so much time online taking most if not all their classes from home eye experts say remember this: 20-20-20.

Every 20 minutes, move your eyes to something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

It's like getting up and stretching.

Make sure your child's laptop is balanced and at a good height so they are looking level or slightly down, but not too much to cause neck strain.

Don't let your student sit with a bright window behind them to cut down on the glare.

You'll know if someone suffers from digital eye strain if they have dry or painful eyes, blurry vision, redness or if it feels like a piece of sand is in your eye.

If you have a question you'd like answered, email us at goodquestion@whec.com.


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