American Flag hands Media Moment: What the World Needs Now - Dear Reader, At the close of our presidential election, many of us are left with questions about how to talk about what children have seen and heard during the political campaign and how we can explain the outcome to them. In this Media Moment, I share my thoughts and reflections and welcome you to do... Read more »

AAP Mediatrician Speaks The Mediatrician Speaks – New Guidelines About Media Use From The American Academy of Pediatrics - Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. In this episode, the Mediatrician discusses the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new recommendations for parents when it comes to children’s media use. For more information and to submit your questions please visit Ask... Read more »
Kik ATM Should I let my tween use the Kik messenger app? - Q: Would you allow an 11-year-old child to use the Kik app? I say “no”, but would like to know your thoughts – thanks! ~ Kik Me, Annapolis, MD A: Dear KM, Parenting in the 21st Century includes deciding how to manage children’s screen media use, which means many different decisions about issues from television... Read more »
Scary Video Games The Mediatrician Speaks – Scary Video Games - Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. In this episode, the Mediatrician talks about how some video games can cause children to become afraid and have nightmares. He encourages parents to know the games that their children are playing and... Read more »
Explaining Screen time media moment Media Moment: Sparring over Screen Time - Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Gina Sheesley, a freelance writer and mother of two living in Kentucky, shares how she explains screen time limits to her nine-year-old son. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating the many ways media intersect with the lives of... Read more »