Pediatricians should assess recreational screen time, encourage parents to limit screen time
MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians should take a media history from their patients and assess recreational screen time, according to a clinical report published online Oct. 28 in Pediatrics to coincide with presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), held from Oct. 26 to 29 in Orlando, Fla.
Victor C. Strasburger, M.D., and Marjorie J. Hogan, M.D., from the AAP Council on Communications and Media, considered the potential harmful and positive and prosocial effects of media on children and teenagers, and presented recommendations for pediatricians.
According to the report, pediatricians should become educated about critical media topics via continuing medical education programs. They should ask media questions (how much recreational screen time does your child consume and is there a television set or Internet-connected device in their bedroom) and provide age-appropriate counseling for families. In addition, pediatricians should recommend that parents limit screen time to less than one to two hours per day; discourage screen exposure for under 2-year-olds; keep television and Internet-connected devices out of bedrooms; monitor media access; and establish a family home use plan for all media. Pediatricians should also work with schools to educate about the evidence-based health risks of unsupervised unlimited media access.
"A healthy approach to children's media use should both minimize potential health risks and foster appropriate and positive media use -- in other words, it should promote a healthy 'media diet,'" Hogan said in a statement.
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