New Screen Time And Media Use Rules For Kids

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 5:35am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2016, 5:38am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

New Screen Time and Media Use Rules for Kids
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Some fresh guidelines for media usage for juveniles have been brought forward thanks to efforts by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The role media plays in the lives of kids and adolescents is very crucial. Therefore new policy recommendations have been made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Just like a physical diet ought to be a healthy one, a media diet that affects one’s mind, emotions and behavior ought to be clean and free of  violence and obscenity.

The AAP is publishing an interactive online tool that will help families better oversee the media to which their kids are constantly exposed. 

The Family Media Use Plan sees to it that the education, health and entertainment needs of children and their respective families are fulfilled in a constructive manner.

Families ought to seriously sit down and think about the media their kids are exposed to day in and day out. Also they ought to politely talk about it with their children if there is anything objectionable about it.

Too much of a good thing is bad. When children get stuck in media consumption, they do not have any time left over for playing, studying, talking or sleeping.   

The work of saving our children from toxic media ought to begin in their infancy and toddler days. You have to nip the evil in the bud. Parents ought to be media mentors of their children.

These children can then use media for creativity, connectivity and learning purposes. The AAP has said that parents ought to schedule play time for their kids as a break from media exposure.

It ought to be time to simply unplug from the technological media that is running our lives today. The world is far larger than television. It ought to be experienced more often than the artificial and false values we see on TV. 

Parents also have to set boundaries since day one. When kids test limits they have to know the fact that certain things are way out of line. To allow kids to do what they please in a permissive manner is the worst child-rearing advice ever.

Parents ought to take an active part in the upbringing of their kids. That is the only way that they will grow up to be decent responsible law-abiding citizens.

Children also ought to get their z’s. To skimp on sleep is the most dangerous thing for an adolescent since it will result in poor concentration and other complications later on.

The difference between what is appropriate and what is inappropriate is what this is all about. The sooner parents instill a sense of discipline in their children, the better it would be for future generations who hold the fate of the earth in their hands.

Among the AAP recommendations:

For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.

For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.

For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.

Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.

Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

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