Even before COVID-19 struck, most parents understood that too much screen time was a bad thing for their children. But now that screens have increasingly become ever-present in our daily lives — supporting our children’s educational and social needs in the absence of school and play dates — many parents are wondering if it’s OK to be more lenient with screen time.

We asked UCLA Health pediatrician, Dr. Carlos Lerner, to weigh in on what the increased use of screen time means for children’s emotional and physical health, and how it’s becoming an essential tool for parents, as well.

Check out his tips here: