“Media should work for you & work within your family values & parenting style. When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep. By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. This requires parents & users to think about what they want those purposes to be. The tool below will help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values.To make YOUR family’s Media Use Plan, start by entering your family’s information. This information will remain private and confidential.”
Kids who experience more violence in their virtual worlds—television, movies, and video games—are more likely to display aggressive thoughts, aggressive behavior, and angry feelings in the real world.
Children who do not get the recommended amount are at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, depression, behavioral and learning problems and hypertension. Teens who get too little are at increased risk for self harm.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that per 24 hours, on a regular basis:[list line=”no” style=”style1″]
- Infants 4-12 months old need to sleep 12-16 hours (including naps)
- Children 1-2 years old need 11-14 hours (including naps)
- Children 3-5 years old need 10-13 hours (including naps)
- Gradeschoolers 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours
- Teenagers 13-18 years old need 8-10 hours