If you’ve been within shouting distance of a toddler lately, you’re familiar with the hysteria around "screen time." In case you’ve been living under a rock, doctors and concerned parents are obsessed with limiting children’s access to TV, movies, video games, computers, etc., fearing that kids who are glued to too much media too young end up less intelligent, more violent and less empathetic than other children.
How much time is too much time? No one knows exactly, but everyone has an opinion. Katherine Heigl (now a Suits regular for the forthcoming eighth season BTW), recently shared her refreshingly sane views on the subject with People.
Heigl shares three kids—Joshua Bishop, 18 months, Adalaide Marie Hope, 6, and Naleigh Mi-Eun, 9—with her husband Joshua Kelley.
"The girls are really into iPads. It’s not good. I need to curtail it, though I have to say, so much of that use is reading," says Heigl, 39. "They’re reading, they’re playing educational games. I don’t allow them to scroll through YouTube videos and stuff; I put some limits on that."
"But it’s not as mind-numbing as we all are afraid it is," she insists.
She adds that recently, she and her daughters, her niece and her husband were all sitting together, engrossed in their various devices and games, but adding that some of the games were interactive, just between screens, not on a board. "It’s okay. It’s not the end of civilization, I promise."