Do you ever feel like family bonding time is in a constant – and sometimes losing – battle against the allure of forever-pinging smartphones, tablets and laptops?

If so, you’re hardly alone: The average U.S. child under 8 now puts in more than two hours of screen time a day, according to  a study by Common Sense Media, a non-profit media research organization. That’s a sobering number that actually exceeds the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology [CSEP] 24-hour movement guidelines for kids up to 17 years old.

The good news? These five simple tips, from professionals and parents alike, can help ensure your family is controlling its devices, and not the other way around.

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