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Sound Advice on Media

The media have an important impact on children’s health and well-being. To help guide parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians about the Internet, social media, video games, cellphone use and television.

Click on the questions or descriptions below to hear responses to individual questions, or click on the link to listen to an entire interview.


Setting Limits on Media Use (Audio)

Don Shifrin, MD, FAAP

(Recorded February 2012)

Don Shifrin, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician in practice in Belleview, Wash., and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a former chair of the AAP committee that studies and comments on the impact of media on the social, emotional, and physical health of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. He is clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Listen to the entire interview



Social Media, Apps and Digital Devices (Audio)

Gwenn O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP

(Recorded February 2012)

Gwenn O'Keeffe, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and the founder of She is the author of the book CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming and Social Media.

Listen to the entire interview



Media Use and Early Brain Development (Audio)

Ari Brown, MD, FAAP

Dimitri Christakis, MD, FAAP

(Recorded February 2012)

Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician in private practice in Austin, Texas, and was the lead author on the AAP policy statement, “Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years.” Dimitri Christakis, MD, FAAP, is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Child Health Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Listen to the entire interview



Media and Technology: The Impact on Children, Adolescents and Parents (Audio)

Victor Strasburger, MD, FAAP

Ed Donnerstein, PhD

Craig Anderson, PhD

(Excerpts from December 2011 issue of PREP Audio)

Victor Strasburger, MD, FAAP is a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Craig Anderson, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Iowa State University. Ed Donnerstein, PhD, is a professor of communications at the University of Arizona. This audio recording was originally created for PREP Audio, the continuing medical education program developed by AAP to help pediatricians stay current on topics relevant to their practice.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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