CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich was not surprised by the results and argues that we still have a culture that sees television as benign, where parents and child care providers dont fully realize that screen time takes away from activities essential to child development, such as playing and talking with adults and other children.
Does your child spend lots of time on the Internet? Does he/she have difficulty in ending an Internet session? Is her/his academic achievement deteriorating? Problematic Internet use can interfere with your child’s work, school, and relationships.
CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, argues that parents should pay closer attention for signs of problematic Internet use and recommends an Internet-free approach before slowly introducing limited computer use in a shared room in the house.
The increasing amount of educational applications available for smart phones, along with its interactive, built-in features, make it incredibly enticing for young kids to explore this new technology. Can smart phones help kids learn or do they encourage more screen time?
CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, argues that although parents need to pay attention to their kids’ media exposure, the educational applications and interactive features in smart phones may “provide genuinely interactive experiences that make use of more of the childs senses.”