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PUT YOUR CHILD ON A ‘MEDIA DIET,’ SAYS EXPERT PEDIATRIC PANEL BY JESSICA FIRGER ON 10/21/16 AT 10:42 AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday issued comprehensive guidelines on creating a healthy “media diet” for kids of every age. These new policy recommendations, published in Pediatrics, offer a framework for how to safely and diplomatically introduce and expose children to the tools of the digital age.  These experts recommend children use media technology only at approved and limited times.

Parents should “develop personalized Family Media Use Plans for their families that attend to each child’s age, health, temperament, and developmental stage and ensure that each child can practice and benefit from the essentials for healthy growth and development, such as a healthy diet, good sleep hygiene, adequate physical activity and positive social interactions,” according to the authors of the policy statements.

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Kibbitznest featured in TimeOut Chicago

 is a wifi-free zone, as owners Annie and Lewis Kostiner focus on creating a space where people really talk to one another, face to face. Excessive use of smartphones will be discouraged (minus tagging the space on Instagram) and laptops must be kept in their cases or out of sight. Instead of refreshing Facebook while you’re there, the owners hope you’ll browse the books (both used and new), maybe do a little shopping, hang out, play games and chat with other guests over snacks like Chicago-style hot dogs, cheese or ice cream, along with beer, wine and slow-brewed coffee.
“It’s time to step back in time and take notice of what the potential negative impact will be on our society if we choose face-to-face social interaction less and less,” Annie Kostiner said in a press release.

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