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Parents: How Many Hours a Day Are Your Kids Using Electronic Devices?

A New Report from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy statement about kids and media. Media includes TV, computers, cell phones, video consoles and other electronic devices. They recommend that parents make a “media use plan” with their children. According to the AAP, overexposure to media has been associated with behavior problems, school problems, lack of sleep, substance use, and obesity. The policy statement by the AAP was released at the group’s national conference in Orlando, Florida.

They advise that parents keep track of the time their children spend on electronic devices and cell phones. They also recommend bedtime curfews for media devices. The policy also advises that children not have a computer with internet access in their bedrooms. The full article can be accessed at http://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/How-to-Make-a-Family-Media-Use-Plan.aspx

Findings from the AAP policy report cites that the average child is spending more time with media than the time they spend in school. The average 8-10 year old spends eight hours a day with media. Teenagers spend an average of 11 hours a day on media. The vast majority of children and teens have online access (84%). About 75% of 12-17 year olds have cell phones.

Also, a new study released by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) reveals 72% of kids under the age of eight have used a mobile electronic device for playing games or using apps. That is almost twice the rate from just two years ago.For more information, see www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/28/media-use-children-tv-computers/3195675/




 
 
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