You probably are used to your parents limiting the time you can spend texting, tweeting, watching movies and YouTube, checking in on Facebook or Instagram, and surfing the Internet. Now doctors are in on it, too.

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes limits should be set on how long kids use the Internet and social media, according to an AP report, which you can read here .

MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING PROMPT: Parents often limit students' social media and gaming habits. Now doctors want to. In this middle school writing prompt, your student will examine this topic.The academy suggests that kids NOT have computers and mobile devices in their bedrooms and that they should limit their Internet time to less than two hours a day. Why?

According to their research, unlimited Internet and social media time is linked to problems with sleep, weight, grades, bullying, social health, and others. It looks as if some habits have interestingand harmfulconsequences.

Now it’s your turn: If you had to limit your Internet, social media, and gaming time to less than two hours a day, how would you do it? Devise a workable plan to limit your time. If you do not use this much time every day, choose another habit you could limit, and then devise a plan to change that habit.

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