Doctors have new warnings about kids' internet use

In this Oct. 24, 2013 photo, Mark Risinger, 16, checks his Facebook page on his computer as his mother, Amy Risinger, looks on at their home in Glenview, Ill. The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatrician's group says unrestricted media use has been linked with violence, cyber-bullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and a host of other problems. Mark's mom said she agrees with restricting kids' time on social media but that deciding on other media limits should be up to parents. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
October 29, 2013 12:38:51 PM PDT
If you see your kids constantly tweeting or texting on their smartphones or using their laptops, doctors have a warning for you.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now including internet use in its long-standing policy of limiting screen time to two hours a day. Previously, that time limit referred only to TV.

Now, doctors warn screen time on social media watching movies and playing internet games can all cause problems like obesity, lack of sleep, and cyber-bullying.

Doing online homework, however, is an exception.


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