Your Kids and Media Questions, Answered

Michaelrich[1] If you've ever wondered at what age it's a good idea to get your child a cell phone, how to deal with inappropriate TV commercials, or how much video game playing is just too much, you might want to check in with Parents advisor and peditrician Michael Rich, M.D., a.k.a. "The MediatricianSM." Dr. Rich, a former Hollywood filmmaker who's now Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital, Boston, is planning to answer all of your questions related to new media on his new website askthemediatrician.org. So go ahead and get out your concerns! As Dr. Rich says, "We recognize that kids love media and there are positive as well as negative effects on them." It's a matter of figuring how much and what sorts are appropriate, and that's where most parents need help.

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  1. by Sejal

    On June 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Wow that is such a neat website. I would love to read the answers to all the different questions people ask and maybe learn something myself too. thanks goodyblog and thanks DR. RICH

  2. by Harriet Roberts

    On June 12, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I think that this is an excellent idea and would love for this to be a regular part of Parents magazine!

  3. by Beth

    On June 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you for this information. Please keep help like this coming! It’s the everyday little things that influence a child’s sense of self and we parents need support. Hope to find this feature here again!

  4. by Sharon Campbell

    On June 14, 2009 at 10:32 am

    What a wonderful idea! As an early childhood teacher, I frequently encounter parents who have conflicting opinions on their children’s media exposure and are looking for reliable information on this subject. Featuring Dr. Rich in Parents magazine would be a great way to reach a large audience who otherwise might not know such expertise is available!

  5. by Stephanie

    On June 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    A Mediatrician! What a clever title!