Children’s Media Use: Not Just TV!

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In a recent review entitled, “A systematic review of media parenting in the context of childhood obesity research,” the authors sought to determine factors related to children’s media use and media parenting (i.e., parenting practices related to children’s media use). Studies eligible for inclusion pertained to parenting and childhood obesity.

A total of 103 studies were included in the review; of these, the majority measured media parenting (82%), media use (79%), and the home media environment (65%). However, the focus of children’s media used pertained to television, with only a small proportion of studies examining children’s use of smartphones (3%), laptops (1%), and tablets (0%).

Based on this review, there is need for studies that focus on the various types of current technology that children use for media purposes.

Aftosmes-Tobio et al., 2016

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