Health Tip: Managing Your Family's Digital Life
(HealthDay News) -- TVs and computers are part of everyday life, but the American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution about overuse of digital devices.
They should never take the place of face-to-face time with family and friends, the academy says.
The AAP suggests how to manage screen use at home:
- Set limits on media use and be aware of which software and apps your children are using, which sites they are visiting and what they are doing online.
- Encourage unplugged playtime.
- Screen time shouldn't always bealone time. By watching with your children, you can encourage social interactions, bonding and learning.
- Be a good role model.Teach good manners online, and limit your screen time.
- Appreciate the value of face-to-face communication.
- Create tech-free zones during mealtimes, family and social gatherings.
- Don't allow devices at night, to help kidsavoid the temptation to use them when they should be sleeping.
- Do research on any apps that your kids use to monitor quality and appropriateness.
- Warn children about privacy and the dangers of predators and sexting.
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