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Dissecting the AAP’s new guidelines for child media use: Advice from The Mediatrician

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Children are exposed to screens earlier in life and for longer periods than ever before. Mobile technology has pervaded our society to the point where doctors and parents alike are asking: what effect is this having on young minds? On brain development? On socialization?

How much “screen time” is too much? How young is too young? And, of course, the follow-up question of our time: are all apps created equal?

Michael Rich, MD, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, has a crystal-clear message. “This is a critical part of parenting in the 21st century,” he says. “It is no longer a fringe issue. The first thing we have to do with pediatricians, he says, is get them to talk about it.

Rich, also known as “The Mediatrician,” conducted research that helped inform the American Academy of Pediatrics’ latest recommendations for children’s media use. …Read More