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Healthy Habits for Media Use (Topic Center)

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Healthy Habits for Media Use

Screen time can be fun and educational, but too much of it can lead to problems. Teach kids to balance media use with everyday activities.

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    Teach Social Media Smarts

    Kids don't always make good choices when they post something online. Talk often about what's OK to post and view, and other ways to be smart about social media.

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    Ways to Protect Mental Health

    Teens spend a lot of time on social media. This can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Here's how to help protect their mental health.

Screen Time Guidelines by Age

Raising a Family in the Digital Age

It might not be easy, but it is possible to manage your child's involvement online. Here's how to monitor use, set limits, avoid the dangers, and help kids establish good habits.

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What You Can Do

Here's how to monitor media use, promote online safety, and teach your kids to use social media wisely.

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Coping With Challenges

There's a dark side that goes along with some activities online. Learn about certain types of video gaming, cyberbullying, and sexting.

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Impact on Kids & Teens

Screen time can take a toll. Find out how media use can affect kids, how mental health can suffer, and what doctors recommend for screen time.

Resources to Share With Your Family