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.