Media is everywhere. TV, Internet, computer and video games all vie for our children’s attention. Information on this page can help parents and pediatrician understand and communicate about the impact media has in our children’s lives, while offering tips on managing time spent with various media. Today’s children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. To help kids make wise media choices, parents should develop a Family Media Use Plan for everyone in their family.
Collected here are tools to help pediatricians and health professionals understand and implement the AAP recommendations on children and media, and to discuss the topic with parents and families.
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- Media and Young Minds Policy Statement
- Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents Policy Statement
- Children, Adolescents and Digital Media Tech Report
- News release: American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use
- AAP News articles:
Resources for Parents
The AAP recommends that parents and caregivers develop a family media plan that takes into account the health, education and entertainment needs of each individual child as well as the whole family; and then follow the family media plan together, revising it when necessary.
Create your personalized family media use plan here: www.HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan
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