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Managing Your Children's Media Use

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: From TV to smart phones, "24/7 media exposure" dominates the lives of U.S. children and families. What can you do to change the trend?
Air Date: 10/30/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Vic Strasburger, MD
vic straussburgerDr. Vic Strasburger is currently Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Family & Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where he studied fiction writing with Robert Penn Warren. He went to Harvard Medical School and did his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital in Seattle, Children's Hospital in Boston, and Paddington Green Children's Hospital in London. He completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Strasburger has authored more than 150 articles and papers and 12 books on the subjects of adolescent medicine, and the effects of television on children and adolescents, including ADOLESCENT MEDICINE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE (2nd edition, 2006, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins, with Dr. Robert Brown) and ADOLESCENTS AND THE MEDIA (Sage, 1995). His most popular book is entitled, GETTING YOUR KIDS TO SAY NO IN THE 1990S WHEN YOU SAID YES IN THE 1960S (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1993). His current book is a textbook: CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND THE MEDIA, co-authored with Barbara Wilson, Ph.D. and Amy Jordan, Ph.D. and published by SAGE Publications in Newbury Park, California in 2009, with a 3rd edition due in 2013. He also has one published novel, entitled ROUNDING THIRD & HEADING HOME. He has served as Chair of the AAP's Section on Adolescent Health, a member of the Committee on Communications, and a consultant to the National PTA and the AMA on children and the media. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio (NPR) and in Newsweek, the New York Times and USA Today and has appeared multiple times on Oprah, The Today Show, and CBS This Morning.

In the year 2000, Dr. Strasburger was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Adele Delenbaugh Hofmann Award, for outstanding lifetime achievement in Adolescent Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry Award, given for media Advocacy work. Dr. Strasburger lives in Albuquerque with his wife (a neuropsychiatrist) and his two children, Max (age 21) and Katya (age 19).
Managing Your Children's Media Use
From TV to smart phones and social media, the lives of U.S. children and families are dominated by 24/7 media exposure.

Despite this, few children and teens actually have rules around their media use.

While media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the U.S., it can contribute to numerous health risks.

At the same time, kids can learn many positive things from pro-social media.

For nearly three decades, the AAP has expressed concerns about the amount of time that children and teenagers spend with media, as well as about the content they are viewing,

In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Vic Strasburger, MD, discusses the updated policy statement on children, adolescents and media, and what that means for your family. He also shares tips on how you can help your kids learn from the media they are viewing.
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