Kids and online time: Parents should set limits - New York News

Kids and online time: Parents should set limits

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Are your kids spending too much time online? The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a limit -- no more than two hours a day. Any more could slow down your child's development.

There's an incredible amount to see online -- a world of information and entertainment at your fingertips. But doctors say too much of this could deprive your kids of sleep and the chance to develop their minds.

It's hard to resist the charms of hi-tech gadgets, especially for kids.

But the American Academy Of Pediatrics says it's a good idea to set limits: no more than two hours a day on social media and entertainment sites.

"Well I think you just need to establish what the rules are in your home that you are their parent and it is your job to protect them and to be actively involved in their life," says Dr. Kate McDonnell, Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Some parents are already restricting access. Amerika Morado and Eduardo Medina want their daughter Bella to spend more time with books and getting a good night's rest.

"That is one thing we try to keep our kids from at night, is when they need to sleep. A lot of kids are up all night doing texting and gadgets," says Medina.

The house rule is no gadgets after 9:30 at night for the couple's teenage kids -- and Bella too.

"Because it allows her to become a child and have other options, instead of being stuck on the TV or other electronics," says Morado.

And when kids are online, the Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep an eye on what kids post.

"I think teaching them what is responsible about posting. Every emotion does not have to be posted and sometimes it is inappropriate to post every emotion that they are having," says Dr. McDonnell.

The pediatrics group also says unrestricted media use is connected to violence, cyberbullying and obesity. More good reasons to set limits.

Join the conversation on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/MyFoxPhoenix/posts/577930332255518

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:59:51 GMT
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
  • Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:19:20 GMT
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
  • Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:57:17 GMT
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices