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Screen Time and Children

Children and adolescents spend a lot of time watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers. On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours. While screens can entertain, teach, and keep children occupied, too much use may lead to problems. Parents may not always know what their children are viewing, or how...

Media Habits During COVID-19: Children & Teens on Screens in Quarantine

During this period of quarantine, most children and teens have fewer school responsibilities and less access to extracurricular activities and social opportunities. Many parents are strained by the added responsibility of supervising their children during the day in addition to their typical responsibilities. In addition to fears and stresses caused by the spread of the Covide19 virus, increased contact and parental responsibilities can put a significant strain on family dynamics...

When They Know They Are Being Manipulated — It Can Help

These are intense, social, political, medical, and emotional times. Here is the thing — getting more breaks from social media and screen time, in general, can serve as a positive recharge for our kids. But how to do this? I want to suggest a really important conversation that might motivate your kids and teens to sign off a bit more. First, we know via research and experience that as kids mature...

NYS OASAS offers tips for supporting your family during COVID-19

WNET (New York Public Media) has modified their programing to offer educational resources to students learning from home: Expanded K-12 At-Home Learning Resources Beginning Monday, we pre-empted our regular programming on WLIW21, our Long Island station, from 9am – 3pm to aid the needs of young students currently at home with "WLIW21 At Home Learning." We also adjusted programming on our WLIW World station with "World At Home Learning"...

Vaping prompts statewide health advisory

Health care providers across New York are being advised to remain alert for potential cases of pulmonary disease in people using vaping products. A statewide health advisory was issued to alert providers of the “emerging health threat” and outlined symptoms they should be be aware of in patients, according to the New York State Department of Health. The health department is investigating 11 reported cases of severe pulmonary disease in people using...

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