How Much Screen Time Should Children Have?

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Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media Randi Zuckerberg discusses her children's book "Dot" and what it was like growing up in the Zuckerberg household with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

I think it's possible in doses.

I am not asking people to do up complete disconnect.

That's not a great way to stay employed by i think if we can take moments for ourselves, we end up coming back to our work more productive, more energized.

For me, even if it's an hour, putting my phone away while i'm at the dinner table or just a few minutes of undivided attention with my son, that moment of disconnecting is important and something we should all try to integrate into our lives.

It is ironic since your brother runs facebook.

His mission is to connect the world.

You hear some enter it -- intimate anecdotes about him.

How supportive was he of the book?

My whole family has been so supportive.

I would never have written a book like this or told these kind of stories without their support and their love.

One thing that is so awesome about my parents and how they raised all of us and continue to interact with us is they celebrate every one of their kids achievements.


You could be running a billion- dollar company, you could be baking a delicious apple pie, it's the same to them.

I think that is a real testament to how supportive they have been and how supportive my siblings have been with this project for me.

You have also put out a children's book called "dot," about children and their use of technology.

What do you think today about how much screen time kids should have?

How much should young children be exposed to smart phones and tablets?

This seems to be the number one question i get asked when i speak with ahrens.

-- when i speak with parents.

Is there such a thing as too much or too little?

First of all, i think it is good for children to have a little bit of screen time.

These are the tools they will grow up with their whole life and you want them to be on par with their peer group.

You want them to be exposed to some technology and there is a lot of great stuff out there that encourages creativity and learning and interactivity.

These are great uses of these devices.

When it starts to get dangerous is when children are either using it as a habit or just passive viewing of the ipad videos being used as a babysitter.

It is up to us as parents to make sure children are using these tools to be creative, using them mindfully, instead of just handing them the ipad to entertain them.

You also talk about the importance of digital privacy especially when it comes to children.

Facebook just relaxed its privacy rules for teenagers, allowing them to post things online publicly if they want to.

What do you think of that move?

Do you think teenagers are capable of making smart decisions that they will be happy they made later when i post online?

I think it completely depends on the teenager.

It really depends on the teenager's relationship with their parents.

Some children will be ready, especially maybe if they have older siblings or have heard run them at home and have gotten used to this.

It is really important for parents to have a very diligent conversation with their children about what it means.

Do they want that photo or that post to be searchable for them when they are applying to college or a job?

They should encourage them to think before they post.

We live for ever online now.

On the last earnings call, facebook acknowledge that teenagers are logging on a little less two-faced look.

-- are logging on a little bit less to facebook.

What does facebook need to do to keep teens and kids coming back?

I think the instagram purchase was excellent for facebook in this area.

I know many people spoke incredulously when they purchased instagram for that amount of money.

Now you see the real future of how teens and young people are using social media and it's completely visual.

Everything is instantaneous photos, videos, life logging.

These teenagers want to document every moment of their lives.

There is a statistic i read that said that 60% of teenagers think about how they will document a moment before they even experience that moment.

I think instagram was a key purchase for that level and facebook keeps having to double down in visual and mobile technology to enhance their offering for younger users.

I am so tempted to shoot a

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