Children are exposed to multiple screens and more and earlier. The proliferation of media and instructional or other applications supports this growing exposure.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has examined this issue and issued a report called Media and Children. The results of this analysis is a continuation of a questioning drafted in 2011, where PAA had voted for a screen time of a maximum of two hours per day for children, reminds Science & Avenir. It also recommended their use for children under 2 years.

But things have evolved regarding the screens since 2011. The finding is as follows:. “Over 30% of American children play on a device mobile, although they still wear diapers, and that nearly 75% of 13-17 year olds have a smartphone, 24% of them admitting use it constantly. […] In a world where time passed a screen just becomes time, our policies must change or become obsolete, “says the AAP.

Following a symposium in May 2015, which brought together social scientists, educational sciences, pediatricians, educators, experts in neuroscience and media leaked from the AAP New tips for parents:

1. The rules between the virtual and real environment must remain identical. Limits must be established for the use of screens, as is the case for other activities.

2. Parents should lead by example and be a model. It is therefore necessary to limit its own use of screens, especially in the presence of children.

3. The media can be interesting for the development of the child, provided to stimulate interaction and verbal exchange. For example, replace the passive viewing of a video by tools that use remote call when the parent is traveling.

4. Emphasize the quality of the media or the application, not the amount spent in front of the screen.

5. The participation and involvement of parents count. Social interaction and coengagement help parents learn better and will influence the child’s perception of the media.

6. Social networks are not necessarily bad for teens because they can help shape their identity and development. However, it is necessary to have explained the operation of tools and keep an eye from afar.

7. Create pristine areas without technological tools, is important. This should be the case for the time of family meals and sleep.

Access is therefore on the responsibility of parents and the use of screens Education . “The digital life starts young, as parental supervision must be” concludes the AAP report.