Category Archives: Technology

New tools help doctors coach families on healthy media diets

I just attended a 4.5 hour session hearing from some of the leading experts in the field of media use and children. All the speakers were insightful and engaging…plus to they shared some very practical tips and strategies! Today the AAP released updated guidelines on children’s media use, called Media and Young Minds. What I love is that all the new and ongoing research is being integrated into timely guidelines for general pediatricians, family physicians and pediatric providers…so that we

#AAP16 Screens and the Developing Brain: Dr. Dimitri Christakis

Our children are growing up in the iWorld. Media, screens are not all created equal. We need to understand the environment in which our children and teens are growing and learning..media is part of the air and water they are exposed to. There are 3 key neurocognitive functions to understand when thinking about media use in children. Self control, working memory (ability to hold information in mind when mentally working on it) and cognitive flexibility (apply something learned in one

#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,

Navigating the iWorld with your kids…one app at a time

I am preparing to give a talk at an upcoming pediatrics conference in October about social media and children. There is definitely a growing body of general guidance to pediatricians that suggests we talk to families about: Limiting TV to less than 2 hours a day for children and no TV for kids under 2 years of age Have discussions about social media and set limits Monitor kids’ usage and keep computers in public spaces Keep kids’ smart phones/cell phones out of bedrooms

5 Tips for Parenting in a Tech-driven World

Parenting is never easy for anyone.  Layer on top of that the wonders of technology and things get complicated real quick. However, just like parenting in the “dark ages” before the internet and social media there are some helpful hints to remember when parenting in this day and age. 5 Tips to Keeping Sane in a Tech-driven World Continue to set limits consistently as you would for other behaviors. Kids need limits set for all things…because something in excess is never a