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.
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