Submitted by ub on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 08:56

Thanks be to God and The American Academy of Pediatrics, which now says it’s OK for babies to Skype or FaceTime with grandma and grandpa, and for older children and teens to do some of their socializing, learning and playing online — as long as they put down their devices long enough to sleep, exercise, eat, converse and otherwise engage in rich offline lives.

These are some highlights from a new set of guidelines from the nation's leading group of pediatricians, published online Friday in the journal Pediatrics. They replace simpler longstanding recommendations that children under age 2 avoid all screens and that older children and teens use digital media for no more than an hour or two a day.

Frankly, it is heavenly and extremely enjoyable to interact with Parker and grandbaby Olivia, who are on the West coast living with their parents. Natasha and Sarina, please keep all those video calls coming and thanks, again God. We are blessed to enjoy our healthy family!