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Limiting children's access to the computer and television many improve their health.  This is the latest report from experts reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association.   The key word here is limit, not eliminating.  Of course, the media has changed a great deal in the last 15 years and it includes TV, the Internet, mp3 players, and video games.  According to their studies, increasing media time has been linked to a wide variety of negative health factors for kids including obesity, violence, sexual behavior, and eating disorders.  The authors suggest that parents have to step in and they need to limit kids' media time to no more than two hours a day with no easy access to a TV or computer in the child's bedroom.  I think it's really important that you begin to realize there are many ways to get information now, not just television.  

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP