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New Guidelines for Media Use from the American Academy of Pediatrics [downloadable]

kids ipadToday, more than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers, according to Common Sense Media. Furthermore, almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones, and 24% admit using their phones almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center.

The American Academy of Pediatrics convened Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium, from which a number of key messages for parents emerged.

Among them:

  • Set limits. Tech use, like all other activities, should have reasonable limits.
  • Co-engagement counts. Family participation with media facilitates social interactions and learning.
  • Role modeling is critical. Limit your own media use, and model online etiquette.
  • Curation helps. Look to organizations like Common Sense Media that review age-appropriate apps, games and programs.

Read or download the full American Academy of Pediatrics article here.


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