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May 2014

Moving From Child Advocacy to Evidence-Based Care for Digital Natives

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(5):404-406. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.55

Pediatricians,1,2 psychologists,3 and other health professionals4 have long cautioned about the physical and mental health effects of children’s media use. Parents have also been concerned; however, on the whole, they have been slow to respond to potential risks. The immediate practical advantages and believed educational benefits of entertaining children with screen media often override any long-term harm that many feel does not apply to their children.

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