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Media Use Tips

  • Encourage WES/WMS/WHS students to be involved in variety of free-time activities, like spending time with friends, joining clubs or after-school activities, and exercising. Encourage your teen to be physically active every day and get enough sleep.
  • Turn off devices during meals and at least an hour before bedtime. Keep devices with screens out of your teen's bedroom after bedtime and don't allow a TV in your teen's bedroom. This will help your teen get enough sleep.
  • Research video and computer games before letting your teen get them. Look at the ratings, which can run from E (for "everyone") to AO (meaning "adults only"). Teens probably should be limited to games rated T (for "teens") or younger. If possible, preview games and even play them with your teen to see what they're like. The game's rating may not match what you feel is OK.
  • Spend time together with your teen watching TV, playing games, or going online. Use this time as a chance to talk and learn together.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch what's going on. Teach your teen about safe Internet and social media use. Make sure they know the dangers of sharing private information online, cyberbullying, and sexting
  • Set a good example. Turn off TVs and other devices when not in use. Turn off or mute your phone when you’re not using it and during family times, like meals.

Family Media Plan

American Academy of Pediatrics 


Media is everywhere, and managing it all can be tough. Creating a Family Media Plan can help you and your children set media priorities that matter most to your family. Come back to revise your plan as often as you need to, such as at the beginning of each school year or during summer and holiday breaks.​

Here's how it works

Since media habits are different for every household, the Family Media Plan can be customiz​ed to meet your family's needs. Make a full plan, or just choose a few parts that matter the most to your family.

The Family Media Plan includes:

  • A list of media priorities to choose from

  • Practical tips to help make the plan work

  • Why it's important

  • The ability to print or share your finished plan

  • The ​option to save your plan and return as often as you'd like to make changes

  • Common Sense Media has information about age and content appropriateness of video games and other media

To find this ​information in Spanish, click here


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