In today’s culture, children are immersed in digital media. Fornite, Minecraft, Facetime, Tik Tok, many school programs issue laptops to middle school and high school students in lieu of books, elementary students learn power point in 1st grade, college students have access to computers on campus if they don’t carry one themselves. Many households have family devices and parents find themselves asking how much screen time is enough or too much.
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes parents play an important role in helping children and teens navigate media. Setting expectations and boundaries is important. Most problems begin when media use displaces physical activity, hands on exploration, and face to face social interaction.
In a world where you can consume and create content, establishing a family media plan that works for you, within your family values and parenting style is a great idea. Media can enhance daily life. Finding the right balance is key. The American Academy of Pediatrics created a guide to help create a family media plan. To customize a recommendation click here.