Docs Urge Limits on Kids’ Texts, Tweets, Internet

twitter(AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has new advice many kids will find hard to swallow: It wants limits on tweeting, texting and other social media.

The influential group says smartphones and laptops should stay out of children’s bedrooms. And it says kids should spend no more than two hours daily on Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet entertainment sites.

The doctors’ new policy says unrestricted media use can have serious consequences. It’s been linked with violence, cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and other problems.

The policy was published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics. It follows recent high-profile online bullying cases including one in Florida that involved a 12-year-old who committed suicide.

  • rowdy1

    When people, not just kids, text/tweet they forget to use puctuation and how to spell words. How can be kids be taught grammer, puctuation, writing a complete sentence when they are forced too. I may be old fashioned, out of touch or whatever you may want to call it. But people need to start talking to each other again. I know kids who sit in the same room and text rather than talk.

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