Pediatricians: Limit kids’ media use to 2 hours a day

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The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday released a newly revised policy statement that essentially calls out parents for being naive when it comes to the way and extent to which their kids use media today.

“This is the 21st century and they need to get with it,” Dr. Victor Strasburger, lead author of the new policy and a University of New Mexico adolescent medicine specialist, told The Associated Press. “I guarantee you that if you have a 14-year-old boy and he has an Internet connection in his bedroom, he is looking at pornography.”

But if the group thinks parents need to get with it, kids may say the same about the new policy. Specifically, the group says parents should limit their kids’ “entertainment media use” to one to two hours a day, monitor what their kids are using and accessing, watch videos together as a way to discuss family values, and establish a family home use plan for all media as a means of modeling good media behavior.

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