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.
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.