Don't you hate it when your parents say you watch too much TV? Well, as much as we don't like to admit mom and pop are right, it looks like in this case, they are. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children and teens spend an average of seven hours a day using electronic devices as forms of entertainment. That includes: TV, computers, phones, handheld video games, etc. Seven hours! Between sleeping and going to school, how is that even possible?
Watching Gossip Girl, IMing with friends, Facebooking, texting and playing Angry Birds... all those minutes can really add up. So what do the smarties at the AAP say is the problem? Here are the concerns:
• Excessive time spent using electronic media leaves less time for physical activity or creative and social pursuits. • Violent or sexual content can have harmful effects, as can movies or programs that glamorize alcohol and tobacco use. • Research has shown that high levels of media use are associated with school problems, attention difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. • The Internet and cell phones have become major new sources and platforms for illicit and risky behaviors.
How do you feel about this list -- are these concerns valid? Do you think you are responsible enough to monitor your own media use? We want to know, so write to us!