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NEWS FLASH: TOO MUCH MEDIA CONSUMPTION FRYING OUR KIDS

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STUDY DETAILS:

MEDIA CONSUMPTION IS INCREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE FOR CHILDREN 0-8 YEARS OLD.

• Seventy-two percent of children age 8 and under have used a mobile device for some type of media activity such as playing games, watching videos, or using apps, up from 38% in 2011.

• The amount of time spent using these devices in a typical day has tripled, from an average of :05 a day among all children in 2011 up to :15 a day in 2013.

• Nearly six out of 10 children (58%) watch TV at least once a day

TAKEAWAY:

MEDIA AFFECTS YOUR KIDS.

It takes away time from interactions and interactive play.

It melts “family time”.

Parents:

• Model effective media use and help children learn to be selective and healthy in what they view.

• Take an active role in children’s media education by co-viewing TV, movies and videos with them and discuss important family values.

• Monitor what media your child is using and accessing, including any websites he/she is visiting and social media sites they use.

Source: survey of 1,463 parents of children age 8 by Common Sense Media and conducted by GfK from May 20 to June 12, 2013.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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