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Screen Time in Moderation: Advising a Healthy Media Diet

By Marjorie Hogan, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at HCMC and executive member of the AAP’s national Council on Communications and Media

For about 30 years, the AAP has recognized the importance of media in the lives of children and teens, but obviously the amount, complexity, and challenges of the various types of media continue to evolve. We all live in a world saturated with and surrounded by media, and even as I write this article, creative minds are at work on new products and programs! More than 75 percent of teens have cell phones; some send more than 100 text messages daily, and millions spend hours on Facebook.

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