New study suggests 2-hour media maximum for teens

October 30, 2013

A new US study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics propose that children and teens spend only 2 hours a day on “entertaining screen time,” including “using the Internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and movies; online homework is an exception.” According to the lead author, Dr. Victor Strasburger, many parents are unaware of the detrimental effects that prolonged exposure to media can have on children. The study states that children now spend more time with media than they do at school, and that unrestricted media has been linked with “violence, cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems.” Strasburger recognizes that many teens will scoff at the advice, but hopes that parents and schools will consider limits on media access, and that more government research will be conducted on the effects of media. Globe and Mail