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June 25, 2012
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With kids out of school for summer break we thought it would be a good time to share this important article from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding monitoring your child’s media use. Please take time to read and share this article. Feel free to share any other tips or comments in the comments section below!

Take these steps to dial back children’s media use

Children and adolescents spend, on average, more than seven hours a day with media, including television, the Internet, social media, texting, movies, music and video games.

Research has shown that children and teenagers are inundated with examples of risky behavior in the media, which can lead to the increased likelihood of early sexual activity, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, and aggression. In addition, too much media can contribute to obesity and poor school performance.

The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendations to protect children and teenagers from these risky behaviors and negative health consequences:

  • Reduce unsupervised media use by prohibiting televisions and Internet access in children’s and teens’ bedrooms.
  • Restrict access to television programming with excessive substance abuse and other inappropriate content.
  • Limit younger children’s exposure to PG-13 and R-rated movies.
  • Watch media with your children and adolescents and discuss the content.
  • Encourage non-media activities, and limit media time to two hours per day.
  • Be a good media role model.

 

By: Lori O’Keefe, Correspondent

©2010 American Academy of Pediatrics. This information may be freely copied and distributed with proper attribution.

Source: http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/31/11/28.2.full

 

 

 

Comments:

Great Tip!
By Elizabeth N.
June 25, 2012
These tips are great! We have been monitoring our children's media use for as long as they have been using different devices (computer, tv, etc.) but I think it is important to remind people out there, especially with summer and children having more idle time. thanks for the great post!






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