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April 2006

Exploring the Impact of Media on Children: The Challenges That Remain

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(4):446-448. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.4.446

The research presented in this special issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine clearly illustrates that the media have disturbing potential to negatively affect many aspects of children's healthy development, including weight status (Vandewater and Huang,1 Weicha et al,2 Outley and Taddese,3 and Lumeng et al4), sexual initiation (Ashby et al5), aggressive feelings and beliefs (Brady and Matthews6 and Bushman and Huesmann7), consumerism (Chamberlain et al8), and social isolation (Bickham and Rich9). Such evidence offers increasing support for the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that children older than 2 years spend no more than 2 hours per day with screen media, preferably educational screen media.10

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