Docs tell parents to limit kids’ texts, tweets and computer use

Nov 13, 2013

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Take a look around. Kids are on their phones, iPads, iPods, etc. Even toddlers are beginning to use technology and it only becomes more prevalent from there.  Media and internet access is everywhere.  That’s why doctors are still standing by the “two hours a day” policy which was recently released after a cyberbulling incident in Florida.

Not only are there online “traps” such as cyberbullying, sexual predators, identity theft, pornography, and more, but the time spent online is physically affecting children.

“In 2010 a report found that children aged from 8-18 spend an average of more than seven hours daily using some kind of entertainment media”. That time on the internet could be spent doing something worthwhile like homework, face-to-face socializing, or … sleeping.

The new policy informs us that, "Young people now spend more time with media than they do in school - it is the leading activity for children and teenagers other than sleeping”. Cell phones and Internet are battling Basic Needs for the attention of children.  It is an issue that can’t be ignored. It is also a reality that kids are going to use devices and internet every day.  In response to the media’s increased presence and affects, the American Academy of Pediatrics has modified its policy.

The idea of restricting childrens’ use of time on techonological devices isn’t a new one. Researchers, psychologists and doctors have all recommended limited use of television and computers in the past. Now, Social Medias and texting are included in the two- hour limit suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Two hours may seem miniscule compared to what children are averaging a day, and they may find ways to get around it. Yet, parents can implement this new policy with Net Nanny which allows you to set a time range and monitor your child’s online activities.