Doctors: Parents Should Limit Kids’ Online Media Use

Parents should limit the time their children spend on the Internet, watching television and text messaging, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media.

APA suggests parents should limit kids’ screen time to one or two hours a day, and should also keep smartphones, televisions and computers out of children’s rooms. Other recommendations include monitoring what youths access online, and watching TV shows and movies with children. The association credits too much TV watching and other media with violence, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep, school problems and aggression, Reuters reports.

A 2010 report found that U.S. children between ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven hours using some kind of entertainment media, the Associated Press reports.

The policy comes two weeks after police arrested two Florida girls for allegedly cyberbullying a classmate who committed suicide.

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