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Media and the Family

Many kids spend more time on “screens” (on average 7+ hours a day) than any other activity (even sleeping!) Four out of five teens sleep with their cell phones on or near their bed. Twenty-eight percent of babies under two have TVs in their bedrooms (up to 71% for 8-17 year-olds.) Should parents be concerned?

Media is not good or bad, but POWERFUL.

Using resources from Mind Positive Parenting, “Parenting in the Digital Age” Training includes:

  • How media effects children and families—the good and bad

  • Recommended Daily Allowance of media use

  • TV, Movie and Video Game Guidelines—Deciphering the Ratings

  • Social Media challenges

  • Creating “Digital Citizens”–a balanced approach where parents encourage positive media habits, take interest in their children’s digital lives, and set firm limits and consequences around both time and content to set kids up for success in the digital age

Recommended Daily Allowance

Looking for some guidelines for your family’s media use? The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends the following:

  • Limit the amount of total entertainment screen time to <1 to 2 hours per day.

  • Discourage screen media exposure for children <2 years of age.

  • Keep the TV set and Internet-connected electronic devices out of the child’s bedroom.

  • Monitor what media their children are using and accessing, including any Web sites they are visiting and social media sites they may be using.

  • View TV, movies, and videos with children and teenagers, and use this as a way of discussing important family values.

  • Model active parenting by establishing a family home use plan for all media. As part of the plan, enforce a mealtime and bedtime “curfew” for media devices, including cell phones. Establish reasonable but firm rules about cell phones, texting, Internet, and social media use.