Participants of the invitation-only Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium by the AAP (American Academy of Pedriatics) drafted the following guidelines for media use by youngsters:

  • “Media is just another environment. Children do the same things they have always done, only virtually. …
  • Parenting has not changed. The same parenting rules apply to your children’s real and virtual environments.  …
  • Role modeling is critical. Limit your own media use, and model online etiquette. Attentive parenting requires face time away from screens.
  • We learn from each other. Neuroscience research shows that very young children learn best via two-way communication. …
  • Content matters. The quality of content is more important than the platform or time spent with media. …
  • Curation helps. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research validates their quality …
  • Co-engagement counts. Family participation with media facilitates social interactions and learning.
  • Playtime is important. Unstructured playtime stimulates creativity. …
  • Set limits. Tech use, like all other activities, should have reasonable limits. …
  • It’s OK for your teen to be online. Online relationships are integral to adolescent development. Social media can support identity formation. …
  • Create tech-free zones. … encourage family time, healthier eating habits and healthier sleep.
  • Kids will be kids. Kids will make mistakes using media”