Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP,
Children and the Media
The temptation to rely on media screens to entertain babies and toddlers is more appealing than ever, with screens surrounding families at home, in the car, and even at the grocery store. And there is no shortage of media products and programming targeted to little ones. But a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there are better ways to help children learn at this critical age. Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, lead author of policy statement, “Media Use by Children Younger Than Two Years, joins Melanie Cole M.S. to discuss recommendations that parents set media limits for their children before age 2, bearing in mind that the AAP discourages media use for this age group, and have a strategy for managing electronic media if they choose to engage their children with it.
Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP, is a pediatrician, author, child health advocate, and a mom. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in child development. After receiving her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, she completed her pediatric residency and developmental pediatrics fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston
She is a trusted voice for children’s health. Her passion to educate families about children’s health led her to co-author the best-sellling “411” parenting book series including Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Pregnancy, Baby 411, and Toddler 411. She has appeared on numerous national news and talk shows including NBC’s Today Show, CNN, Dr. Oz, and Rachael Ray. She has served as the children’s health expert for WebMD and is currently a medical advisor for Parents Magazine and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She has received numerous awards for her dedication to children and families, including the Ralph D. Feigin, MD, Award for Excellence, Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine, Outstanding Young Professional by her university alumni association, and Austin’s Favorite Pediatrician.She has been in private practice for 16 years and resides in Austin, TX with her husband, who is an Ear, Nose, Throat, and Sleep Medicine specialist, two children, and a small but mighty Jack Russell Terrier.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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