Friday, December 6, 2013

American Academy of Pediatrics: New Media Policy & Call for Protection of Children and Pregnant Women from Wireless Radiation

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP ) just updated their policy statement on media usage by children and youth. The new policy statement offers recommendations for parents:

  • Parents can model effective “media diets” to help their children learn to be selective and healthy in what they consume. Take an active role in children’s media education by co-viewing programs with them and discussing values.  
  • Make a media use plan, including mealtime and bedtime curfews for media devices. Screens should be kept out of kids’ bedrooms.  
  • Limit entertainment screen time to less than one or two hours per day; in children under 2, discourage screen media exposure. 

As well, the American Academy of Pediatrics has published 3 letters in the past 2 years calling for the adoption of the Precautionary Principle by protecting children and pregnant women from radiation emitted by cellphones and wireless devices. They also demand that the FCC revises its inadequate and outdated exposure guidelines and testing protocols (which happens to be the same as Health Canada's). 

The AAP represents 60,000 pediatricians and pediatric surgeons. 

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