Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — • Keep the computer in a public part of your home, so you can check on what your kids are doing online and how much time they are spending there.
• Look for media choices that are educational, or teach good values -- such as empathy, racial and ethnic tolerance -- and interpersonal skills.
• If you’re unsure of the quality of the “media diet” in your household, consult with your children’s pediatrician on what your kids are viewing, how much time they are spending with media, and privacy and safety issues associated with social media and Internet use.
More healthy media tips for families can be found at www.healthychildren.org.
A healthy media diet balances the risks of too much media on your child’s growth and progress with some of the pro-social benefits media offer. Be mindful of how your children interact with media and take steps for healthful choices.