Kids should spend no more than 2 hours online per day

DailyMail 28 October 2013
Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids’ tweeting,  texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms.  #goodluckwiththat.

The recommendations are bound to prompt  eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says  parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious  consequences.

It’s been linked with violence,  cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems.  It’s not a major cause of these  troubles, but ‘many parents are clueless’ about the profound impact  media  exposure can have on their children, said Dr. Victor Strasburger,  lead author  of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy.

‘This is the 21st century and they need to  get with it,’ said Strasburger, a University of New Mexico adolescent medicine  specialist.

The policy is aimed at all kids, including  those who use smartphones, computers and other internet-connected devices. It  expands the academy’s longstanding recommendations on banning televisions from  children’s and teens’ bedrooms and limiting entertainment screen time to no more  than two hours daily.

Under the new policy, those two hours include  using the internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and  movies; online homework is an exception.
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