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Are you concerned about Internet safety and too much screentime for your children?
From TV to smartphones to social media, our lives are dominated by 24-7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use.

Help your children balance their online and off-line lives!

Visit HealthyChildren.org to create a personalized Family Media Use Plan that works within your family's values and busy lifestyles. This interactive tool developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics includes a Media Time Calculator that can give you a snapshot of how much time each child is spending on daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, homework, physical activity, and media use. It also includes AAP recommendations on screen-free zones, media manners and much more.  

Some tips to talk over with your family:

  • Screens should be kept out of kids' bedrooms. Put in place a "media curfew" at mealtime and bedtime, putting all devices away or plugging them into a charging station for the night
  •  Excessive media use has been associated with obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior issues. Limit entertainment screentime to to less than one or two hours a day
  • For children under 2, use unstructured play and human interaction instead of screen time. The opportunity to think creatively, problem solve and develop reasoning and motor skills is more valuable for the developing brain than passive media intake.
  • Discuss with your children that every place they go on the Internet may be "remembered," and comments they make will stay there indefinitely. Impress upon them that they are leaving behind a "digital footprint." They should not take actions online that they would not want to be on record for a very long time.
  • Talk to them about good "digital citizens," and discuss the serious consequences of online bullying. If your child is the victim of cyberbullying, it is important to take action with other parents and the school if appropriate. Attend to children's and teens' mental health needs promptly if they are being bullied online, and consider separating them from the social media platforms where bullying occurs.  

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