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Updated on Apr 26, 2013

Media use should be a family issue.

Parents don’t talk to their kids about media use enough. It’s not often given the same weight as other common parenting issues, despite the fact that it plays a huge role in children’s development. Rosen suggests holding family meetings as soon as your child is old enough to be using any technology at all, including television.

With young children, the meetings might be just a few minutes long, and include simple questions such as “What do you like about television?” or “What are your favorite TV shows?” As children get older, the meetings should stretch to as long as fifteen minutes. You might ask teenagers questions such as “I’ve heard about kids your age who were bullied online. Have you heard of anything like that happening?” Stay as nonjudgemental as possible, encouraging an atmosphere of trust.

Many parents have fought the battle for years, trying to coax their children to use less technology. As researchers continue to learn more on the topic, it becomes increasingly apparent that fighting the battle is worth the effort. Weigh the benefits of technology against the possible risks, and talk to your children about it impacts their lives.

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