With technology being ubiquitous in our world today, parents are concerned with the role of screens in a child’s health and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to help children develop healthy media use habits early in life. In a 2016 article written by the AAP titled “Why to Limit Your Child’s Media Use,” overuse of and poor habits with digital media may place children or teens at risk regarding obesity, lack of sleep, problematic internet use, degraded school performance and increase in risky behaviors.
Enter the Family Media Plan, an interactive tool developed by the AAP that creates a personalized media use plan based on your family's values and parenting style. Also included is a Media Time Calculator that can give you a snapshot of how much time each child spends on daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, homework, physical activity, and media use. The tool also includes AAP recommendations on screen-free zones, media manners, and much more.