Limiting teen media use

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Limiting teen media use

Many parents worry that they should limit the amount of time that their teen or tween is spending online or on their technological devices. I think it is very, very important for parents to limit all kinds of media use. They should let that limit grow as their teenager grows. So with kids, middle schoolers, it should be less time on TV and technology. With high schoolers or older teenagers they should start to get a little bit more, but they should always have a 9 or 10 pm bedtime. Because it takes them a little bit to wind down from being on their devices. For 16 and 17 year olds you want to get them ready for the real world. So let them sort of set their own rules but make sure they are getting their sleep time and they are getting their homework done.

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website,, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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