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Infants and Interactive Media Use

Victor Strasburger, MD1; Don Shifrin, MD2; Gil Fuld, MD3
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1Department of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
2Pediatric Associates, Bellevue, Washington
3AAP Council on Communications and Media, Keene, New Hampshire
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(10):969. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.745.
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To the Editor Regarding the recent Viewpoint published in JAMA Pediatrics, we recognize that Dr Christakis1 is a world-class researcher who has done considerable work on infant media use. We greatly respect his opinion and his research. He may ultimately be proven right but there is currently minimal evidence available to support his conclusion that iPads are acceptable for infants who are 4 months old. Unfortunately, when JAMA Pediatrics publishes an editorial stating that iPad use is acceptable, it sends a message to parents and the public that the previous recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics were shortsighted or just plain wrong. Furthermore, it impedes our ability to have an impact on children’s media use.

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October 1, 2014
Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH
1Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(10):969-970. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.748.
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