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Monitoring Your Child's Media Diet


By the time they are 18, young people will see an estimated 200,000 acts of violence in TV, movies, video games and hand-held screens such as phone and other devices. The cumulative effects of watching these violent acts can lead vulnerable children imitate violent acts and come to view violence as a solution to conflict. To combat these effects, a new AAP policy statement offers advice for parents about taking an active role in mentoring, and guiding, what their children watch and listen to. The AAP encourages parents to remove TVs, Internet connections and video games from bedrooms. Watch TV together and discuss controversial or unreal situations. Limit screen time to 1 to 2 hours each day and avoid screen time for children under age 2. Think of media as another part of your child’s daily diet. Make sure they don’t over-consume and that what they do consume is healthy for their overall development.  


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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