SAN JOSE, Ca. (KTVU) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations after seeing the use of television, smart phones, tablets and all forms of media by kids explode.
A new study shows a 40 percent jump in electronic media use by children 8 years old and younger.
At San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation, KTVU talked with some families, including 5-year-old Anthony Martinez. The young boy not only knows how to use a smartphone, but enjoys playing Halo.
"I watch and make sure he doesn't mimic any violent actions he sees in games" said his mother Patricia. "He hasn't done it, but the games have such compelling graphics and images, you have to make sure they don't watch too much."
The Academy recommends that families set up a Media Plan to regulate the "tsunami" of electronic media available.
Recommendations include limiting use to two hours a day, not allowing any media screens in children's bedrooms and no exposure at all to those 2 years old and younger.
The group says excessive media use contributes to obesity, lack of sleep and behavioral issues.