Doctors Tell Parents to Limit Kids’ Tech Use [AUDIO]
A new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents limit their kids' usage of electronic devices.
For years, the AAP had suggested children and teens watch no more than two hours of television per day. With the new policy, all Internet-connected devices are included in that two-hour window.
"While media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the U.S., it can contribute to numerous health risks," the AAP stated on its website.
The use of new technological developments, specifically social media and texting, has been linked in recent years to violence and bullying, and health experts across the nation have been blaming the "lazy activities" for a spike in childhood obesity.
Dr. Marty Tashman, a marriage and family therapist with multiple offices in New Jersey, said it's smart to be mindful of what your kids are doing, but setting strict limits can drive everyone crazy.
"It's about the relationship with your youngster - teaching them to use the media constructively," Tashman said. "Early on, you need to set some kind of limits, but with lots of discussion."
Tashman said if a child is performing well at school, and interacting with others on a regular basis, their heavy usage of electronics shouldn't be seen as a problem.
The AAP also recommended curfews for media devices; screens should be kept out of kids' bedrooms.