Doctors establish new guidelines for children’s use of media devices

Doctors establish new guidelines for children’s use of media devices
Pediatricians at the American Academy of Pediatrics have offered new recommendations on how long children should be allowed to use the internet, watch television, cell phones, tablets and more, in an effort to stem health problems that can be suffered later in life.

Put plainly, all electronic media should be off after bedtime and during meal times, a “no device rule.” Daily screen time for entertainment should be less than 2 hours per day and children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time at all.

Some of this is a reiteration of previously offered guidelines, but the trend is a near round-the-clock-use of devices in which kids are engaged in their devices, not their surroundings. The problems stemming from that are obesity, bad grades in school, aggressiveness disorders and poor sleep patterns.

Of course, the AAP also admonishes that parents need to be the example of the health model and follow the same rules, turn the devices off, limit time in front of the TV and do not use them in bed. We wish everyone the best of luck as device usage amongst kids under the age of 8 grows dramatically. Common Sense Media, an advocacy group in San Francisco says that at least 17% of children under the age of 8 use mobile devices daily, just about 1 in 5. That is up from less than 1 in 10 in 2011.

While many may think this is a problem that could never happen to their kids, we are reminded of the couple that had to contend with their 4 year old being medically diagnosed as "addicted" to the family iPad, causing the little girl to undergo a digital-detox.

source: The Wall Street Journal



1. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

this is pretty stupid

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31344; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very smart actually. Kids need to be learning, and exerting energy, ya know exercising. Obesity goes hand and hand with a sedentary lifestyle, all this sitting around playing games watching tv, movies etc is no good, and forms bad habits. My son works out, and knows he has too, to be healthy.

2. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

This is good..this at least sets a standard

3. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

NO SH*T. Some people should just never have kids. I have seen babies in strollers with iPads on right in front of them hours on end. Holding a device up to your eyes messes them up so bad as an adult, imagine as a child. Kids should be utilizing devices later in life. Kids should be outside doing physical activities, socializing (not instragram or facebook), using imaginations. My sister in law has 6 kids. They all use phones, tablets, iPods. And sad to say they are all dumb as a stumps. The older one at 14 can't even name computer components like (graphics cards, processors, harddrives) he didn't even know what a USB flashdrive was. When I was 11 years old I was building my own gaming PC. My parents barely spoke english and always had me outside and I still learned. Devices make kids lazy as hell. Mix that with bad parenting.....can't wait to see what the future holds. A bunch of know it all googling dumb stumps.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

xq10xa for president 2016.

4. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Digital-detox... lol

7. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

pediatricians are stupid. dermatologist ftw

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I believe the moral of this news by doctors, is to get parents and their kids to recognize more need in actual interactive socializing with other kids. Today' kids are more intreverted and sheltered from doing what helps the growth of young kids. They need to be outside and playing with other kids. Not being glued to electronic devices. John B.

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