So, what about interactive media? What’s proper media usage when it comes to kids?
The topic took front and center at this week’s annual American Academy of Pediatrics conference. The AAP recognized that, well, not all screen time is the same.
While media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the U.S., it can contribute to numerous health risks. At the same time, kids can learn many positive things from pro-social media.
I had the chance to speak on this topic on NPR’s All Things Considered. In its new media usage guidelines, the AAP recommends three tips for parents:
On this last point, we know that babies are interacting in a new way, through touch screens, and that they are doing it really well. So, if you’re planning on using interactive media with your child, do it with your child…because that is valuable time to be with them.