Doctors warn families to use less media

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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The AAP says children under 2 years old have absolutely no business watching the tube, as it does nothing for them.

Technology is all around us, and man do we love it! I had it so bad one time, I was playing video games during the commercials of my favorite TV program… while talking on the phone with my friend. Yeah, I’m not proud of that, and thankfully I gave up the TV long ago. Sadly, a ton of kids haven’t, which is why pediatricians (doctors for kids) are calling for a limit on media use.

Some of their recommendations include reducing TV use to 2 hours a day, and keeping kids’ bedrooms free of televisions and internet access! Wow, these doctors must really hate the media right? “We’re not media-bashers,” said Dr. Marjorie Hogan, one of the lead authors. “We love media.”

In fact, there are a lot of positives that come with it. For example, it gives kids a chance to catch up with friends and experiment with their social development. Heck, it even allows them to keep up in school when they have to stay home!

However, the real trouble comes when young adults overuse media, and that couldn’t be more relevant than now.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media, the average child spends about 8 hours in front of a screen every day! Not only can this lead to trouble sleeping at night, too much media use has been linked to obesity, school problems, and increased aggression.

Suddenly, a limit doesn’t look so bad, huh? In addition to the restrictions mentioned above, the council recommends that parents monitor exactly what their kids are accessing online and perhaps watch some TV with their munchkins.

Featured image courtesy of XiXiDu on Flickr. Image of mesmerized child courtesy of Visa Kopu on Flickr.