· “Why is my child on his/her iPad all time time?”
· “Why are all of these music videos on YouTube?”
· “How much is too much iPad time?”
All questions related to media use are important, yet more important are the responses to each of your questions in relation to the developmental age of your children. Consequently, it may be challenging coming up with appropriate responses to these situations especially when we have not grown up with technology at our fingertips as our children do today. It is important to remember that you are more prepared and qualified in this area than you think you are. Approaching these situations with balance and boundaries will provide positive connections with your children.
Dr. Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, offers science-based answers and practical solutions to all of your questions regarding media and health. As a pediatrician and a former Hollywood filmmaker who loves media, he calls himself The Mediatrician® and offers advice to your media parenting questions based on practical solutions that enrich your child’s development. Responses to questions regarding examples such as smartphone and iPad usage, video-gaming, music streaming and brain development are found on his site: Ask a Mediatrician. By viewing his site, you may notice that your questions are valuable and worth asking.