American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement

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The report below, titled Media and Young Minds is the official policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

From the abstract:
Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments abstract
saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they
are adopting at increasing rates. Although there has been much hope
for the educational potential of interactive media for young children,
accompanied by fears about their overuse during this crucial period of rapid
brain development, research in this area still remains limited. This policy
statement reviews the existing literature on television, videos, and mobile/
interactive technologies; their potential for educational benefit; and related
health concerns for young children (0 to 5 years of age). The statement also
highlights areas in which pediatric providers can offer specific guidance
to families in managing their young children’s media use, not only in terms
of content or time limits, but also emphasizing the importance of parent–
child shared media use and allowing the child time to take part in other
developmentally healthy activities.
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