Pediatricians Now Agree: Screen Time Isn’t So Bad for Kids

When families seek our professional advice on managing technology in their children’s lives, we turn to research-based AAP guidelines that promote positive media use and discourage potentially harmful use.

Source: Beyond “Turn It Off”: How to Advise Families on Media Use

I’ve covered neuroplasticity before.  And there is a theory for why some are nearsighted…  But in this day and age, there’s a risk of hindering developing minds if they don’t have access to things their peers do.  It’s coming to the point that the Internet is a fundamental service, not unlike electricity or water.

Parenting tip: I know of one parent who keeps tabs on his kids via Facebook, using an account for the family dog.  The kids can’t be that old, but apparently open up to the “dog” account – unlike for an adult/parent account.

Study: How Family May Be Making Their Kids Fat

When it comes to obesity, people often blame overeating and a lack of exercise. But your family also plays a big role in whether you’ll become overweight, according to a new study published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Source: How Your Family May Be Making You Fat

The findings weren’t surprising to me.  For adults, it provides some insight into how we came to be what we are.  But these are circumstances beyond our ability as children to be able to do anything about.  There’s no value in blaming our parents.

The article is however a reminder of our ability to influence the young and impressionable.  You might not be a parent, but you can still be a role model.