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Pediatricians recommend traditional hands-on toys, not electronics

December 05, 2018 07:43 PM

News10NBC told you earlier this week that the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to avoid video games, tablets and other electronics this Christmas.

Doctors say these gadgets don't provide kids with parental interaction which is important for a healthy development.

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The AAP does recommend giving children traditional hands-on toys that stimulate imagination and creativity. For instance, toys like puzzles and building blocks are significantly more helpful in stimulating imagination and creativity. 

"When children are spending time, even doing things that can be educational, they are not getting the interaction with other children or with their parents," said Dr. Melanie Conolly. 

But when it comes to electronics, the AAP says parents should limit use of electronics to appropriate games under adult supervision.

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