#AAP16 Media Use and Children’s Health: Introduction & Dr. Michael Rich

Day 1: American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition #AAP16

I am really excited about this conference! I have been offline for a while, but will use this National Conference to get back to blogging. I am attending a wonderful session about how Electronic Media is Transforming Our Patients’ health.

The speakers include:
David Hill, MD, FAAP
Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP
Michael Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, FAAP
David Tayloe Jr., MD, FAAP
Stephen Pont, MD, MPH, FAAP
Sujay Kansagra, MD, FAASM
Col. Jeffrey Hutchinson, MD, FAAP
Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, FAAP

Twitter is down right now (usually I would be tweeting)…so I will use this platform to help share the exciting pearls and learning that is discussed today by these experts.

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Dr. Rich: Health Impacts of Media on Children
Screen media and children’s use are associated with a multitude of outcomes: violence, obesity, learning, sleep, disordered eating, risk taking and more…however not is all BAD. Today’s sessions will focus on the newest research.

“We do not need to be prescriptive or restrictive, but instead advising and supporting parents and the children we see in our clinics.”
Today, leading causes of death or injury, homicide and suicide. We need to begin looking at iPADS, apps as the environment in which our children are living and we need to work on finding the air and water that is most drinkable and focus our public health efforts using this lens.

Not all screens are created equal. New policies released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics takes this into account. Media and Young Minds

We recognize that while we have been gaining connectivity but we have lost connectedness…

73% of parents used devices while eating with children and have fewer verbal and non-verbal interactions. Not just in the dining room but also at the playgrounds.
This new phenomenon of “DISTRACTED PARENTING”–let’s disconnect and monitor our own use. We model these behaviors to our children and our own media diets can influence our children’s.

There are now a rise of new problematic interactive media use, which includes problems in gaming, social media, information-seeking and pornography. This is in light of continuing issues with ADHD, anxiety, depression and oppositional defiant disorder. As pediatricians we must be aware of this new environment and how it influences our children’s lifelong health.

Check out Center on Media and Child Health (http://cmch.tv/clinicians) for professional resources for clinicians, researchers and parents. This includes how to videos on how to incorporate this into well child visits and other toolkit resources here for busy pediatric clinicians and tip sheets to provide families!

We must take an evidence-based action to understand how media affect child health and development (both positive and negative), to advise families on how to use media in healthy ways and how to avoid problems, and follow up on media-identified problems and provide proactive guidance based on the child’s developmental age.