New York Times
July 6, 2015

How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. Some parents are perpetually tuned into their own devices, responding to every ping of their cellphones and tablets, receiving and sending messages at times that would enrage Miss Manners. Young children learn by example, often copying the behavior of adults. Establish device-free times of day, like the first hour after school and the hour before bed. Cellphones and tablets should not be allowed at the dinner table. Let your kids know they’re worth your time and undivided attention.

New York Times
July 6, 2015

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Children who are heavy users of electronics may become adept at multitasking, but they can lose the ability to focus on what is most important, a trait critical to the deep thought and problem solving needed for many jobs and other endeavors later in life.

Technology is a poor substitute for personal interaction.

Schoolwork can suffer when media time infringes on reading and studying. And the sedentary nature of most electronic involvement — along with televised ads for high-calorie fare — can foster the unhealthy weights already epidemic among the nation’s youth.

Documentary
August 2014

Web Junkie Documentary

The Chinese government is the first to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. The film delves into a Beijing treatment centre and explores the cases of three adolescents from the day they arrive at the treatment centre through the three-month period of being held at the centre, and then their return to their homes. Professor Tao Ran established the world's first internet addiction clinic, and he promises to cure children of so-called internet addiction, which has grown into one of China's most feared public health hazards. Read the New York Times movie review

American Academy of Pediatrics
October 28, 2013

Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Pediatricians are told they should recommend to parents no more than 2 hours per day of total entertainment screen time.

Kaiser Family Foundation Study
January 2010

Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year Olds

On a typical day, 8- to 18-year-olds in this country spend more than 7½ hours (7:38) using media — almost the equivalent of a full work day, except that they are using media seven days a week instead of five. Moreover, since young people spend so much of that time using two or more media concurrently, they are actually exposed to more than 10½ hours (10:45) of media content during that period. And this does not include time spent using the computer for school work, or time spent texting or talking on a cell phone.