How to craft a digital media plan for your family

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new screen time guidelines for children. If you haven’t checked them out yet, click here to read up on all of the changes.

One of the more surprising things about the new suggestions, is that they deviate from the AAP’s historical recommendation of no digital media consumption for very young children.

The new rules are a bit more relaxed; changing the definition of “screen time” to more a nuanced interpretation. This new definition splits the type of media consumed into high-quality educational materials and purely entertainment-based experiences.

To help families think critically about digital media use, the AAP recommends creating a family media plan. This helpful interactive tool at healthychildren.org can help you do that.

Just plug in your family’s basic information, answer a few questions and viola! You’ll soon have a plan you can share among family to help keep everyone on the right track and avoid the risk of electronic overexposure.